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  • Choosing a New Church or House of Worship

    • August 23, 2016

    About half of U.S. adults have looked for a new religious congregation at some point in their lives, most commonly because they have moved. Read More

  • Many Americans Hear Politics From the Pulpit

    • August 8, 2016

    As the political season transitioned from the primaries to the general election campaign, many American churchgoers were hearing at least some discussion of social and political issues from the pulpits at their houses of worship. Read More

  • Evangelicals Rally to Trump, Religious ‘Nones’ Back Clinton

    • July 13, 2016

    Evangelical voters are rallying strongly in favor of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Indeed, the latest Pew Research Center survey finds that despite the professed wariness toward Trump among many high-profile evangelical Christian leaders, evangelicals as a whole are, if anything, even more strongly supportive of Trump than they were of Mitt Romney at a […] Read More

  • Trends in Global Restrictions on Religion

    • June 23, 2016

    Worldwide, both government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion decreased modestly from 2013 to 2014 despite a rise in religion-related terrorism, according to Pew Research Center’s latest annual study on global restrictions on religion.1 Of the 198 countries included in the study, 24% had high or very high levels of government restrictions in […] Read More

  • Religion in Everyday Life

    • April 12, 2016

    A new Pew Research Center study of the ways religion influences the daily lives of Americans finds that people who are highly religious are more engaged with their extended families, more likely to volunteer, more involved in their communities and generally happier with the way things are going in their lives. Read More

How Africa Is Changing Faith Around the World

Africans represent a much larger share of the world's population, and this share will continue to increase at least until midcentury.

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