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Spiritual Openness Is 'On the Rise' in America: Barna – It's an 'Unprecedented Opportunity'

Spiritual Openness Is 'On the Rise' in America: Barna – It's an 'Unprecedented Opportunity'

Three-quarters of U.S. adults say they want to grow spiritually, and more than 4 in 10 say they are “more open” to God than they were before the pandemic, according to a new Barna survey.

Is Religion the Opium of the People, or the Ladder?

Is Religion the Opium of the People, or the Ladder?

“Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature,” wrote Karl Marx, “…the opium of the people.” Decades of often painful historical experience has proven his observation both right and wrong. Believing in God does ease pain and suffering of faithful followers, but he was wrong in thinking that religion, especially Christianity, leaves them with nowhere else to go from there.

More Men Identify as Religious than Women in Generation Z: Study

More Men Identify as Religious than Women in Generation Z: Study

According to Christianity Today, survey data shows that among those born in 2000 or later, women are more likely to be religious nones than men.

'I'm Not a Religious Person': Chris Pratt Addresses Online Backlash Concerning His Faith

'I'm Not a Religious Person': Chris Pratt Addresses Online Backlash Concerning His Faith

In a recent interview with Men’s Health, Hollywood actor and professing Christian Chris Pratt shared that he is “not religious” but has a personal relationship with God.

10 Things You Should Know about Jehovah's Witnesses

10 Things You Should Know about Jehovah's Witnesses
Jehovah's Witnesses are a people of faith that many of us likely don't know that much about. We may remember them as the people who often come to our homes in order to evangelize, but do we actually know what they believe? Below are 10 facts about this group which branched off from orthodox Christianity in the late 1800's. We answer the questions of how they started, what their core beliefs are, and how many people ascribe to this faith in the world today.

Churches Are an 'Essential Service' during Emergencies, According to New South Carolina Law

Churches Are an 'Essential Service' during Emergencies, According to New South Carolina Law

South Carolina’s governor signed a bill into law that labels churches and religious organizations an “essential service” during emergencies.

Church’s Application to Open a Religious Private School in Massachusetts Is Approved after Pushback on School Committee’s Rejection

Church’s Application to Open a Religious Private School in Massachusetts Is Approved after Pushback on School Committee’s Rejection

A Massachusetts school committee has approved a Hispanic church’s application for a religious private school known as the Real Life Learning Center.

38 Percent of Americans Believe Religion Makes the Country Stronger, Poll Finds

38 Percent of Americans Believe Religion Makes the Country Stronger, Poll Finds

According to a national study by Ipsos and the Episcopal Church, nearly 4 in 10 American adults believe that religion in the U.S. makes the country stronger.

Trust Issues: Responding to Our Cultural Authority Crisis

Trust Issues: Responding to Our Cultural Authority Crisis

Is it possible for Christians to be discerning without being cynical? If so, how? Are there ways to respect authority without being duped? Can we recognize the collapse of our institutions without wholly abandoning them, and perhaps seek to restore them? Christians must answer these questions as part of our cultural witness. 

Leaving Religion in the Pandemic

Leaving Religion in the Pandemic

According to Pew Research Center, the percentage of American Christians has fallen about 12 percent over the last ten years, from 75 percent in 2011 to around 63 percent today. The surprising thing here isn’t that Americans are leaving organized religion behind. That’s been happening at about the same rate for a while now. However, it is newsworthy that this trend continued unabated in the face of a global pandemic. Historically, catastrophic events that bring uncertainty, stress, or political chaos tend to draw people to reconsider faith.

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