Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

Scholar: America is still reacting to the religious right, in more ways than one

Photo by Edward Cisneros/Unsplash/Creative Commons January 13, 2022 By Jack Jenkins   WASHINGTON (RNS) — A religion scholar believes major trends in religion and politics can be traced back to the rise of the religious right in the 1990s, a sea change moment that set in motion an array of phenomena ranging from an uptick[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

[Read Full Column...]

Violence isn’t the only way Christian nationalism endangers democracy

Supporters of President Donald Trump climb the west wall of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. The mob proceeded to breach the Capitol. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana) January 5, 2022 By Samuel L. Perry (RNS) — One year ago at the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, the world witnessed one way[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

[Read Full Column...]

Is God good for America? Depends whom you ask.

American flags on display in Boston. Photo by Valentino Funghi/Unsplash/Creative Commons October 14, 2021 By Ryan Burge (RNS) — Richard Rorty, the late philosophy professor, once claimed that religion is a “conversation stopper” — the ideal way to end any debate. For instance, if someone says in a debate, “It’s against God’s law for anyone[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

[Read Full Column...]

Study: Religion soothed evangelicals at start of COVID. Politics put them at risk.

Photo by Caniceus/Pixabay/Creative Commons September 17, 2021 By Bob Smietana (RNS) — Religion provided great comfort to evangelical Christians in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to a study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, their politics made them less likely to see the virus as a threat. Researchers Landon[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

[Read Full Column...]

‘Denomination matters’ in Black-focused faith-based health programs, scholars say

Hands raised in worship. Stock photo June 28, 2021 By Adelle M. Banks (RNS) — The health of Black churchgoers can differ depending on the denomination and the gender of the people in the pews, Duke University researchers have found, and scholars are urging more nuanced examination of the data to help address medical issues[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

[Read Full Column...]

Republicans and Democrats switch sides on religion vs. science

Science vs. religion May 25, 2021 By Carol Kuruvilla (RNS) — As public health officials grapple with the slowing rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S., two groups of Americans stand out as being particularly resistant to rolling up their sleeves for the shots: Republicans and white evangelicals. In mid-April, about 20% of white evangelicals said[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

[Read Full Column...]

Will COVID-19 finally be the end of the church collection plate?

The collection plate is passed during an Easter Sunday service. Photo courtesy of the National Archives April 22, 2021 By Bob Smietana (RNS) — In the 1984 film “Mass Appeal,” Father Tim Farley, played by Jack Lemmon, gives a young, aspiring priest a lesson in church finances. Give a good sermon, and church coffers will fill up.[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

[Read Full Column...]

Barring women as leaders in church may be bad for their health, new study finds

Photo illustration by Christopher Ross/Pixabay/Creative Commons April 19, 2021 By Bob Smietana (RNS) — Going to church is generally touted as good for the soul. But there is also evidence church attendance can be good for your health — unless, that is, you are a woman at a church that bars women from preaching or[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

[Read Full Column...]

Being ‘godless’ might be good for your health, new study finds

Photo by Helena Lopes/Unsplash/Creative Commons March 4, 2021 By Bob Smietana Produced in collaboration with the Religion News Service.  (RNS) — In recent decades, a number of studies have found that being religious can be good for your health. People who regularly attend services are less likely to smoke, may be less likely to use drugs or be obese and may live longer than[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

[Read Full Column...]

When it comes to building trust, belonging beats belief, study finds

Photo by Rosie Fraser/Unsplash/Creative Commons January 28, 2021 By Bob Smietana Produced in collaboration with the Religion News Service. (RNS) — The Bible and other sacred texts are filled with warnings about the importance of putting your trust in the right place. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,” the Book of Proverbs advises.[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

[Read Full Column...]