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When Americans Say They Believe in God, What Do They Actually Mean?

Ask Americans if they believe in God, and 80% of them will say yes. But what God do they believe in? The one described in the Bible, or something else? These are the questions the Pew Research Center set out to answer in ...

Category: Religion Science Spirituality

What Is a Megachurch and Why Do So Many Americans Choose To Attend One?

By definition, a megachurch is a Protestant church with a consistent weekend congregation of at least 2,000. While some Catholic churches have memberships of this size, the term megachurch applies only to huge Protestant ...

Category: Religion

The Rise of the Nones

Ever since the 1990s, America has seen an increasing number of people who self-identify as a None; i.e., someone unaffiliated with any particular organized religion. Nones also include those who view themselves as agnost ...

Category: Religion Spirituality

Are There Such Things as Guardian Angels?

If you’re of a certain age, you likely remember “Touched by an Angel,” the wildly popular TV series that ran on CBS on Sunday evening (when else?) from 1994–2003. If you’re of a younger cert ...

Category: Religion Superstitions

Is Atheism Its Own Religion?

As with so many other questions nowadays, the answer to whether atheism is its own religion depends on two things: who you ask and how you define your terms. While our question seems like a simple and straightforward one ...

Category: Religion Science

Is Pope Francis Opening the Door for Married Catholic Priests?

Last week, the Vatican formally opened renewed debate on the controversial issue of allowing married men to become ordained priests. The proposal is a prelude to the scheduled October meeting of the South American bishop ...

Category: Religion

Happy Birthday Christianity: Celebrating Pentecost

Christian churches around the world celebrated Pentecost earlier this month on Sunday, June 9, 2019. Pentecost is the festival during which Christians celebrate the receipt of the Holy Spirit by the apostles 50 days afte ...

Category: Jesus Christ Religion Christianity

Universal Life Church Sues Tennessee to Protect Online Ordination

The Universal Life Church Ministries filed a lawsuit against Tennessee to block a recently-passed law that would bar ministers who received their ordination online from performing weddings

Category: Freedom of Religion Religion Universal Life Church

Vaccinations and Religious Freedom

With the upswing in US measles outbreaks in recent years, the controversy over parents refusing to vaccinate their children on religious grounds has not only come to the forefront, but also is sweeping the country. Today ...

Category: Health and Wellness Politics Religion Superstitions

Do People Give Off Auras?

Throughout history, painters have depicted special people with auras; i.e., glowing lights. Think of the halo nearly always shown around the head of Jesus or around the heads of Mary, his mother, or of saints. In art, an ...

Category: Religion Spirituality