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  • 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

  • Restrictions on Women’s Religious Attire

    • April 5, 2016

    Many countries have laws that ban or limit women from wearing religious attire in public places. By comparison, far fewer countries require women to wear particular types of attire for religious reasons. Read More

  • The Gender Gap in Religion Around the World

    • March 22, 2016

    Standard lists of history’s most influential religious leaders – among them Abraham, Moses, Jesus, Muhammad, Siddhartha Gautama (the Buddha) – tend to be predominantly, if not exclusively, male. Many religious groups, including Roman Catholics and Orthodox Jews, allow only men to be clergy, while others, including some denominations in the evangelical Protestant tradition, have lifted that restriction only in recent decades. Yet it often appears that the ranks of the faithful are dominated by women. 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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