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  • Pew: Christmas celebrations, beliefs less religious

    by Diana Chandler, posted Wednesday, December 13, 2017 (yesterday)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Most Americans believe society is increasingly abandoning the religious aspects of Christmas, according to new Pew Research Center findings, but most Americans are not troubled by the trend.

    Only 32 percent of Americans find the trend troubling, Pew found in the study released Dec. 12. While 56 percent of U.S. adults identified such a trend, a quarter of that group said the trend doesn't bother them.

    Concurrently, Pew said a religious appreciation of the season is declining among individuals themselves. Read More

  • Transgender views follow religious divide, Pew says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 01, 2017 (13 days ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians are just as likely to say that gender is determined solely at birth as are atheists and religious "nones" to say the opposite, according to newly released Pew Research Center findings.

    Nearly two-thirds of Christians, 63 percent, told Pew that gender is determined at birth; while 62 percent of atheists/agnostics and "nones," categorized as religiously unaffiliated, said individual gender can change from biological sex at birth. Read More

  • Pew survey: Transgender views follow partisan divide

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, November 09, 2017 (one month ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Republicans are far more likely to believe gender is limited to one's biological sex apparent at birth, according to statistics Pew Research Center released after local transgender victories in U.S. elections Nov. 7.

    In Virginia, Danica Roem unseated 13-term incumbent Republican Robert G. Marshall to become the first openly transgender "woman" elected to a U.S. statehouse, The Hill reported. In Minneapolis, Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender African American "woman" elected to public office in the U.S. by defeating three opponents for a Minneapolis City Council seat, The Hill said. Read More

  • Christians more likely to oppose gene editing, Pew finds

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, August 11, 2017 (4 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Christians are more likely than others to oppose embryonic gene editing to reduce the risk of disease in their babies, according to a Pew Research Center study conducted a year before the latest breakthrough in genetic engineering.

    Nearly two-thirds of respondents (65 percent) Pew described as "highly religious" would not want gene therapy for their babies, Pew found in the study conducted in March, 2016. Conversely, only 36 percent of those considered least religious would reject such therapy for their offspring, Pew said. Three-quarters of atheists and 67 percent of agnostics would accept the therapy. Read More

  • Restrictions, hostilities increase for people of faith

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, April 11, 2017 (8 months ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- The world's religious adherents experienced greater government restraints and social animosities after two years of declines, according to a newly released study.

    The Pew Research Center reported Tuesday (April 11) the percentage of countries with "high" or "very high" levels of anti-religious policies or acts increased in 2015. The share of countries with such levels of government restrictions -- including laws, policies and actions -- edged up from 24 percent in 2014 to 25 percent in 2015. The percentage of countries with such degrees of religious hostility -- performed by individuals, organizations or societal groups -- jumped from 23 to 27 percent. Read More

  • Muslims outpacing Christians in births, Pew says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 07, 2017 (8 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Muslims are so outpacing Christians in births that the two population groups will be nearly equal by 2060, with Christians holding only a slight majority, according to newly released Pew Research data.

    An increase in Muslim births compounded by an aging Christian population will put the Muslim share of the global population at 31 percent by 2060, just under the 32 percent for Christians, Pew said in its April 5 report. Read More

  • Pew: Americans divided over religious liberty

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, October 06, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A Pew Research Center report suggesting deep division between Americans who support religious liberty and those who support so-called sexual liberty has drawn critique for its framing of issues related to contraception, same-sex marriage and transgenderism.

    At the same time, the report has drawn praise as generally reflective of the cultural moment.

    A survey released Sept. 28 found 67 percent of the 4,538 Americans polled said employers with religious objections to contraception should nonetheless be required to provide it in their employee health insurance plans. Approximately half (49 percent) of those surveyed said wedding-related businesses should be required to provide services to same-sex couples even if the business owners possess religious objections. A similar percentage (51 percent) said transgender individuals should be allowed to use restrooms corresponding with their so-called gender identity. Read More

  • ANALYSIS: Pew data confirms faithful remnant

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, November 04, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The latest data release from the 2014 Pew Religious Landscape Study is significant but not surprising. For students of Scripture and church history, it confirms with empirical data what God's people have known to be true for millennia: the Lord's modus operandi is to preserve a faithful remnant amid the sinful world. It was true in the times of Noah, Elijah and the Apostle Paul, and telephone surveys of 35,071 American adults confirm it's still true today. Read More

  • Pew: Christians decline while 'nones' increase

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 12, 2015 (2 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The number of Christians in America has dropped nearly 8 percentage points since 2007 while the number of religiously unaffiliated adults has increased by nearly 7 percentage points during the same period.

    That's the finding of the Pew Research Center's 200-page study of "America's Changing Religious Landscape" released today (May 12). The survey of some 35,000 adults drew a variety of reactions from Southern Baptist leaders. Read More

  • Fear of Islamic terrorism on rise, Pew reports

    by Staff, posted Tuesday, February 10, 2015 (2 years ago)

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    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Amid the controversy President Obama stirred with comments at the National Prayer Breakfast regarding ISIS and Boko Haram violence, the Pew Research Center has highlighted statistics showing a rising fear against terrorism in the Middle East and Africa. Read More