“Saved” By Obama

Lots of religious-y type news on the campaign trail recently. On Sunday, Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan called Barack Obama the “hope of the entire world.” According to the AP, Farrakhan repeatedly praised the Illinois senator before the crowd of 20,000, but never outright endorsed him. Comparing Obama to Nation of Islam founder Fard […]

RNS Daily Digest

c. 2008 Religion News Service SMU agrees to house Bush library (RNS) Southern Methodist University has formally agreed to house the George W. Bush presidential library, museum and public policy institute on its Dallas campus, despite objections from liberal United Methodists. Trustees at the United Methodist-related university voted unanimously to green light an agreement with […]

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c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) Americans who aren’t part of a religious organization or who identify as an atheist or an agnostic represent the biggest change among U.S. religious groups, according to a study released Monday (Feb. 25) by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey estimates that […]

SIDEBAR: Protestants close to losing majority status

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) The United States is firmly 78 percent Christian but barely 51 percent Protestant, according to a survey released Monday (Feb. 25). The findings, part of the sweeping U.S. Religious Landscape Survey produced by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, reaffirm a decades-long decline toward minority status for […]

SIDEBAR: Protestants close to losing majority status

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) A new detailed study of American religion reveals not just a diversity of faiths, but also a range of racial and ethnic membership within those faiths. Of the country’s estimated 1.6 million adult Buddhists, for example, only one-third are Asian _ despite the religion’s roots in Asia _ while […]

SIDEBAR: Protestants close to losing majority status

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) If you’re Buddhist in the United States, you’re most likely a white convert who lives in the American West. If you’re a Jehovah’s Witness, you’re likely to be a white Southerner, but almost half of your fellow believers are either African-American or Hispanic. And if you’re a Midwesterner, you’re […]

SIDEBAR: Catholics lose more faithful than any other group

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In the marketplace of American faith, Catholicism is the big loser. Catholics have lost more members to other faiths, or to no faith at all, than any other U.S. religion, according to the new survey released by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. The survey, based on […]

SIDEBAR: Catholics lose more faithful than any other group

c. 2008 Religion News Service (UNDATED) In a study that highlights the fluidity of religious affiliation in America today, Hindus stand out as the group with the most stable religious identity, while Buddhists struggle hardest to pass the faith from one generation to the next. Ninety percent of Hindus marry within their own faith, and […]

Post’s Op-Ed Section Delves Into Religion, Politics

Sunday’s Washington Post had a package of stories on faith and politics that looked at it from the left and the right, and from the perspective of Hispanics to potentially hell-bound voters. Amy Sullivan, nation editor at Time magazine, wrote about being a liberal evangelical – a non-non sequitur, she says. Beliefnet.com’s Washington editor David […]

In Gay Debate, Church Opts For No Family Photos in Directory

A Fort Worth, Texas, church has decided not to feature family portraits in its 125th anniversary church directory to attempt to end a debate over whether gay members’ photos could be included. Broadway Baptist Church voted 294-182 Sunday, approving a recommendation by the church’s board of deacons, The Dallas Morning News reported. “This has been […]