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  • Americans don’t cite ‘God, family, country’ quite like the cliché goes

    March 25 2015 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Americans don’t cite ‘God, family, country’ quite like the cliché goes

    The Barna Group, a California-based Christian research company, polled Americans so find the greatest factors that influence personal identity. Family came first (62 percent), followed by “being an American” (52 percent). “Religious faith” lolled way down in third place (38 percent) …

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  • Wall between churched, churchless growing

    October 28 2014 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Wall between churched, churchless growing

    Recent research by Barna Group looks at church worship attendance and participation, views about the Bible, God and Jesus, and more to see whether folks were actually tied to Christian life in a meaningful way or tied more by habit or personal history.

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  • Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews viewed warmly

    July 21 2014 by Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Evangelicals, Catholics, Jews viewed warmly

    Americans expressed warmer views toward evangelical Christians, Catholics and Jews than toward Muslims and atheists in a new Pew study released Wednesday (July 16). The Pew Research Center gauged Americans' views of various religious groups and belief sets by…

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  • People say the Good Book isn’t a God book

    April 21 2014 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    People say the Good Book isn’t a God book

    Bible films may be raking it in at the box office, but fewer people are reading the original and taking it seriously. The American Bible Society’s latest State of the Bible survey documents steep skepticism that the Good Book is a God book.

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  • Religious ‘nones’ may not be who you think they are

    March 18 2014 by Cathy Lynn Grossman, Religion News Service | with 0 comments
    Religious ‘nones’ may not be who you think they are

    In recent surveys, the religious “nones” – as in, “none of the above” – appear to lead in the faith marketplace. In fact, “none” could soon be the dominant label U.S. adults pick when asked to describe their religious identity.

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  • Survey: Most pastors say religious liberty on decline

    February 21 2014 by Bob Smietana, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Survey: Most pastors say religious liberty on decline

    American pastors are more than a bit uneasy about religious liberty these days, according to a survey by LifeWay Research, a division of LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. The survey found that seven out of 10 senior pastors at Protestant churches said religious liberty is on the decline in America.

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  • New abortion stats spark divergent analyses

    February 6 2014 by Baptist Press staff | with 0 comments

    The Guttmacher Institute recently reported that the U.S. abortion rate in 2011 was the lowest it has been since 1973. National Right to Life president, Carol Tobias, said that these statistics cannot be appreciated without giving credit to legislative and educational efforts of pro-life organizations.

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  • Racial diversity in churches remains elusive

    January 20 2014 by Bob Smietana, Baptist Press | with 0 comments
    Racial diversity in churches remains elusive

    LifeWay Research reveals that 85% of pastors say every church should strive for racial diversity. While other pastors like Derwin Gray, pastor of Transformation Church in Indian Land, S.C., argue that pastors shouldn’t long for racial diversity, but should long for the proclamation of Jesus, who creates ethnic diversity.

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