As more Americans step away from organized religion, so do more chaplains – but they are prepared to offer spiritual care regardless of a patient’s beliefs.
Nonreligious voters are poised to make an impact, but sweeping statements about the ‘nones’ don’t tell the full story.
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.
Damage to the fragile Nigerian state is one possible fallout of mixing religion with politics.
Chaplains have always provided spiritual care outside traditional houses of worship, but their significance is growing as Americans’ religious identities change.
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.
America’s religious landscape is getting more diverse as people find new ways of expressing spirituality.
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.
A scholar on South Asian affairs traces the growth of Hindu nationalism, started by an atheist anti-colonial revolutionary, to the one adopted under Modi’s government.
Two sociologists conducted interviews with atheist scientists and found that their views on religion are not as strident as the public perceives. Some even go to church.
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.
Disaffected young evangelicals and those who left the church describe an out-of-touch institution not in line with their political beliefs, a scholar found
Religion affects how people regard qualities like benevolence, kindness, conformity and fairness even after they stop practicing religion.