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New study suggests thinking about God can make people more generous to outsiders

April 24, 2023 By Bob Smietana (RNS) — Religion is often seen as a source of conflict — giving insiders a source of community and support while drawing boundaries against outsiders. A new study suggests religion can also prompt people to be generous to outsiders, even those from groups they distrust. For the study, entitled

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We know Americans have become less religious. Surprising new data shows us where.

April 12, 2023 By Ryan Burge (RNS) — One of the most fascinating aspects of American religion is the peculiarity of its distribution across the United States. We know that large swaths of New England are dominated by mainline Protestants and white Catholics, while parts of South Florida have large Jewish enclaves, and Utah is

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COVID-19 sent houses of worship online. Will congregations come back in person?

March 24, 2023 By Ryan Burge (RNS) — When the COVID-19 pandemic led governors across the United States to close places where people congregated, religious organizations were left scrambling. While some larger houses of worship had already been broadcasting their weekend services online, many had to suddenly and urgently master the logistics of streaming worship

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