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2013-01-03 11:08:55

Support markedly lower among Catholics, mainline Protestants; unwavering among evangelicals There's a saying that goes, "as long as there are tests, there will be prayer in public schools." At one time, that likely reflected a fairly uniform view about school prayer: that despite what federal law said about the practice, religious Americans by and large approved of it. A new study, however, paints a more complicated picture of attitudes toward school prayer over the last four decades,...

2011-08-08 12:35:17

It's pretty much a given that the more educated someone becomes, the more likely they are to question their religious beliefs, stop going to church and even abandon their faith entirely. Or is it? A new University of Nebraska-Lincoln study challenges that age-old notion with findings that show education actually has a positive effect on Americans' churchgoing habits, their devotional practices, their emphasis on religion in daily life and their support for religious leaders to weigh in on the...

2010-08-26 16:42:05

Baby Boomers are 40 to 50 percent more likely to 'disaffiliate' from their faith Generation X, the set of Americans who came of age in the late 1980s and early 1990s, is often branded as a rules-rejecting, authority-questioning group. But when it comes to religion, new research has revealed that Gen-Xers are surprisingly loyal to their faith "“ a finding that also suggests the rising non-religious tide in the United States may be leveling off. In a study published in the latest edition...

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2010-04-15 09:15:00

Women, Catholics, southerners see their impact wane U.S. church attendance rates have held relatively steady over the past three and a half decades, a new study shows. But the makeup of the nation's congregations has undergone significant changes during that same stretch. University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologist Philip Schwadel applied a new multi-level estimation method to uncover several original findings about how often Americans "“ and certain groups of Americans "“...


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