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From nuns to ‘nones,’ 10 ways religion shaped the news in 2012

WASHINGTON — From the nuns to the “nones,” religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in … Continued

New report examines beliefs of Asian-Americans

The most comprehensive study of religion and Asian-Americans to date finds them less religious than most Americans, but also far … Continued

Gallup reports new low in religious confidence

Americans’ confidence in organized religion, slowly but steadily declining since the 1970s, slipped to a new low in the latest … Continued

Former preacher becomes a poster boy for unbelief

NEW ORLEANS — Jerry DeWitt was just a face in the crowd of 325 or so atheists, agnostics, humanists and … Continued

Atheism on the upswing in America

Atheism – The absence of theism. So if you doubt the existence of any gods more than you believe in … Continued

A quest for happiness and its meaning

By Gretchen Rubinauthor A few years ago, I decided to do a “happiness project.” I spent a year testing the … Continued

Female moral superiority a dubious basis for reform

Once again, courtesy of the pedophilia crisis in the male-dominated Roman Catholic Church and the financial meltdown caused by Wall … Continued

An Obama Nation of Citizens

What’s your reaction to President Obama’s recent statements to the Muslim world that “the United States is not, and never … Continued

Disbelief About Belief

What is the future of religion? During much of the 20th Century experts accepted the secularization hypothesis, which held that … Continued

A Post-Evangelical America?

(Note: Read Richard Mouw’s response to this post.) Just as “race” has a whole new meaning in America this week, … Continued

Calming the Perfect Storm

We are at risk, as a nation, of being torn apart by a perfect storm of anger and fear that … Continued

$5 a Gallon? Better Pray

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest blogger is On Faith panelist Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite. From Los Angeles, California to Brooklyn, New York, … Continued

The Boundaries of Belief

According to a recent Pew survey, 21 percent of atheists in the United States believe in “God or a universal … Continued

God or Not?

Well, I was confused. I thought atheists didn’t believe in God, period, so the fact that some self-proclaimed atheists pray … Continued

Believing Outside the Box

An ancient Roman Catholic mission church marks the center of town on the Zuni reservation in New Mexico. It was … Continued

Removing Labels

For most of my life I considered myself an atheist. You can only imagine the arguments I have had over … Continued

Relationships (Even with God) are Hard

Abraham Joshua Heschel told the story of a Holocaust survivor riding a European train after the war and, while engaged … Continued

Atheists Have the Will to Believe

Like evangelicals, atheists string along a line from hard to soft. Soft evangelicals don’t easily consign resisters to hell, and … Continued

Which God Don’t You Believe In?

“According to a new Pew survey, 21% of American atheists believe in God or a universal spirit, 12% believe in … Continued