| May 23, 2014
| 7:40 AM
As an atheist, it’s a pretty sure bet I won’t get into heaven (which doesn’t matter since, well, I don’t believe it exists). But it also looks like I couldn’t get elected president either.
According to a recent Pew Research...
| Jan 17, 2014
| 11:32 AM
Divorce is higher among religiously conservative Protestants – and even drives up divorce rates for other people living around them, a new study finds.
The study, slated to be published in the American Journal of Sociology, tackles the “...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 3:25 PM
Christmas Eve worshipers at Columbia's Village of Oakland Mills on Tuesday will do the interfaith shuffle: Catholics departing the sanctuary with their hymnals, white altar cloth, candles and crucifix; Protestants entering with their own hymnals, white...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 1:40 PM
By about 2-1, Americans accept the idea that “humans and other living things have evolved over time,” but as with so many issues these days, answers to that question have taken on a growing partisan cast.
According to a newly released survey...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 1:14 PM
Constitutional issues involving the separation of church and state are full of paradoxes, and Wednesday’s argument in the Supreme Court over prayers at town meetings illuminated one of them.
The justices were reviewing a federal appeals court&...
| Apr 26, 2013
| 12:43 PM
Sociologist Max Weber first advanced the idea of a Protestant work ethic in 1914. A recent study suggests that not only does this ethic exist, it can make the effects of unemployment worse for Protestants than for non-Protestants.
The Dutch survey,...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 1:01 PM
I purchased my copy of the 2014 Almanac of American Politics (only $90) Tuesday and immediately started browsing through the profiles of members of Congress. As always, I found myself focusing on the religion of the senators and representatives, a...
| Nov 3, 2013
(Editor's note: This is a longer version of a story that appeared in the Chicago Tribune's Sunday features section.)
Deann Groen Bayless has spent nearly three decades in the Chicago restaurant business and says she has never felt dismissed or...
| Dec 21, 2013
| 10:49 PM
In the recent kerfuffle over the remarks of Phil Robertson of Duck Dynasty, one salient fact has not been much remarked on: What he has been excoriated for saying used to be mainstream.
What he said, that homosexuality is sinful and abhorrent, and...
| Mar 13, 2013
As the world awaits the announcement of the new pope, a Pew Research Center analysis of new data from the General Social Survey finds that the percentage of U.S. Catholics who consider themselves “strong” members of the Roman Catholic Church...
| Mar 5, 2013
A conversation with Irish folk singer Tommy Sands reveals yet one more reason why he is known by many as the “Bard of Peace.” The man who has dedicated his life to the struggle for peace in Northern Ireland has a voice that, even in...