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This Is My Body: How Christian Theology Affects Body Image

Two studies examine the intersection of the Bible and body shaming.

Donald Trump’s controversial comments about women and their bodies, encapsulated in his revived criticism of former Miss Universe Alicia Machado and her weight, brought “body shaming” into the many topics under discussion during the 2016 presidential campaign. ...

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Cradle Christians: Protestants Keep the Faith Better Than Catholics or Nones

Pew examines which parents successfully pass their religion to their kids—and whether mom or dad mattered most.

American Protestants are keeping their children in the faith at a higher rate than Catholics or the unaffiliated, according to the latest study from the Pew Research Center.

Four out of five children raised by two Protestant parents remained Protestant into adulthood. For those ...

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Trick or Treat or Tracts: 1 in 3 Evangelical Pastors Want Gospel Given on Halloween

Meanwhile, 1 in 4 evangelicals said they skipped Halloween entirely last year.

This Halloween, millions of Americans will carve pumpkins, dress up in costumes, decorate their yards, and gobble down the candy they get while trick-or-treating.

America’s preachers also hope they’ll consider coming to church, according to a new phone survey of 1,000 ...

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Latest Survey: Most Evangelicals Are Not Voting Trump

Measuring Americans by beliefs, not self-identity, makes a big difference in 2016 election polls.

Americans with evangelical beliefs have a great deal in common. They trust in Jesus alone, evangelize their neighbors, and believe the Bible is the final authority in their lives.

But when it comes to voting, race and political affiliation still divide evangelicals, according ...

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Despite Mike Pence, Most Evangelical Pastors Are Not Ready to Vote Trump

Almost half remain undecided, with pastors split over which candidate characteristic is most important.

Political endorsements by pastors have been few and far between this election season. That may be because the most popular candidate among pastors is “I don’t know.”

Despite vice presidential candidate Mike Pence’s mission to assuageevangelicalvoters’​doubtsabout ...

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What Americans Think of What Evangelicals Think of Religious Liberty

How both sides of the debates over same-sex marriage, transgender bathroom access, and employer-provided contraception feel about each other.

On two of three contentious issues at the intersection of religious liberty and nondiscrimination concerns, Americans remain evenly divided.

Though most Americans believe employers should be required to supply birth control in their health insurance plans, they are split down ...

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Sorry, Trump: 3 in 4 Evangelicals Don't Want Pastors Endorsing Politicians from Pulpits

However, survey finds they also don't want pastors who do campaign to be punished.

Since the 1950s, the IRS has banned preachers from endorsing candidates during church services. Donald Trump has pledged to eliminate the ban, calling it his “greatest contribution to Christianity” if he is elected president.

However, most Americans—including ...

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Here's Why 800 Christians Left Their Old Churches, and How They Chose New Ones

Pew examines church shopping among evangelicals (and other groups) in 2016.

The American pastime of church shopping finally has some solid stats: how many Christians do it (and how often), why they left their last church, and why they picked their current one.

The Pew Research Center's new study, which categorizes respondents according to their denomination, ...

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Teens Read Bible More During the School Year

The latest study from Barna also shows how many teens think the Bible offers hope, and whether their house rules are influenced by Scripture.

Most practicing Protestant teenagers—those who identify as Protestant, attend church at least once a month, and say their faith is very important in their lives—who read their Bible do so the same amount all year long (73%), much like all Bible-reading American teens ...

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Same-Sex Couples More Likely to Ask Presbyterian Pastors to Marry Them

More pastors are open to LGBT people serving in their churches than being married there, LifeWay finds.

More than 120,000 same-sex couples have tied the knot since the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide last year. (The number of American weddings in 2014, by comparison, was more than 2.1 million.)

For preachers, requests to officiate a same-sex wedding remain rare. ...

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Dobson Explains Why He Called Trump a ‘Baby Christian’

Offhand comments sparked debate over candidate's possible recommitment to Christ.
Dobson Explains Why He Called Trump a ‘Baby Christian’

James Dobson didn’t realize his off-the-cuff remarks about Donald Trump’s faith would set off so many questions about the Republican candidate’s alleged recommitment to Christ.

The former Focus on the Family leader, who has endorsed Trump, publicly addressed ...

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The Dinner Table Taboo Americans Would Rather Break

Who wants to talk politics vs. religion, and whether they have more to share or learn.

Of the two subjects most likely to be banned from the dinner table, most Americans would rather talk about politics than God.

Yet Christians are split on whether they want more spiritual conversations or fewer ones, and whether they have more to share or learn during such chats. ...

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Governing God's House: How 500 Churches Keep from Collapsing

First ECFA survey of church governance trends reveals which boards are most effective.

Those late-night board meetings at church may have you dragging the next day, but they’re actually a sign of a healthy church.

Boards that meet for longer than two hours reported that their leadership was more effective than those that meet for a shorter period of time, ...

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Goodbye, God Gap: Trump and Clinton Have Churchgoers Unusually Split

Plus here's what we know about evangelical Democrats.
Goodbye, God Gap: Trump and Clinton Have Churchgoers Unusually Split
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Donald Trump seems to be breaking yet another political tradition this election: the “God gap.”

In previous US elections, polls consistently showed that a person’s level of religiosity—how important their faith is to them and how often they attend church—was ...

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Christians to Science: Leave Our Bodies How God Made Them

Pew examines how US religious groups feel about the ways that biomedicine can enhance human abilities.

Gene editing, brain chip implants, and synthetic blood may reduce the risk of disease, sharpen minds, and improve body strength. But messing around with nature in order to enhance humans isn’t something many Americans are excited about.

A new survey from the Pew Research ...

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