Secularization has fascinated sociologists for 200 years – but that doesn’t mean they always agree on what it is, or how much it’s happening.
A look at whether modern Buddhists adhere to the faith’s original religious principles or simply guilty of a cherrypicking cultural appropriation that turns religion into a fad.
Winning elections isn’t just a matter of how many players you have. It’s how engaged they are.
Despite a growing number of non-religious Americans, self-declared atheists are few and far between in the halls of power – putting the US at odds with other global democracies.
Recent incidents have been read as a campaign against Christians, but other religious groups feel they are targets too.
Insults against religion are illegal in Nigeria’s multi-faceted legal codes.
Statistics on religious affiliation in Africa are often questionable - partly because of religion’s link to ethnicity and politics.
Americans are getting more comfortable with new forms of spirituality, but their views of atheists are still complicated.
Regularly topping lists for ‘greatest song of all time,’ the former Beatle’s classic 1971 song is taken by many as an atheistic anthem.
Polish-born Holocaust survivor paved the way for atheists to refuse pledge to God in citizenship oath. But discrimination against nonreligious Americans remains.
‘In God We Trust’ became the national motto of the US on July 30, 1956. Since then, it has been used to forward a conservative Christian agenda.
Religion affects how people regard qualities like benevolence, kindness, conformity and fairness even after they stop practicing religion.
Anti-atheism is ingrained in American politics. A refusal to remove outdated language from state Constitutions perpetuates this prejudice.
Younger and older American men tend to identify more with being religious ‘nones’ than women of the same age, but between 35 and 45 the rates merge. A data and religion expert probes why.
Atheists may think more analytically than religious people, but it is far from proven.
Nonreligious voters overwhelmingly backed Biden in the November presidential race. They also may have been key in several down-ballot state measures, says a scholar of US secularism.
Despite growing numbers of non-religious Americans, self-declared atheists are few and far between in the halls of power – putting the US at odds with other global democracies.
Will a pandemic cause more people to return to Christianity or will the closure of churches become permanent?
Douglas Adams claimed the answer was 42. But there are other interpretations.
Neither French nor American, Senegalese secularism stands midway between these two models