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For a country that often feels hopelessly divided, it turns out that there is a lot of agreement among Americans. Nisian Hughes/Getty Images

Surprise: American voters actually largely agree on many issues, including topics like abortion, immigration and wealth inequality

On issues and policies in which government has a serious role – taxes, immigration, the state of the economy and even abortion – a 2023 survey found a great deal of agreement among Americans.
Messengers raise their ballots in support of a motion during the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting on June 11, 2024, in Indianapolis. AP Photo/Doug McSchooler

Southern Baptists may have rejected a constitutional amendment opposing female pastors, but that does not mean they are changing their views on women’s leadership in church

A scholar who studies Southern Baptists explains why the denomination’s ultraconservative beliefs about women remain the same.
A 2010 protest in Phoenix by faith groups against Arizona’s new immigration law. AP Photo/Matt York, File

Anti-immigrant pastors may be drawing attention – but faith leaders, including some evangelicals, are central to the movement to protect migrant rights

Religious beliefs can provide motivation, hope and endurance in the long and often discouraging task of mobilizing people for social change.
Attendees at evangelist Franklin Graham’s ‘Decision America’ tour in Turlock, Calif., in 2018. The tour was to encourage Christians to vote. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

How religion and politics will mix in 2024 – three trends to track

The 2024 elections may see a more intense end-times rhetoric, claims of divine support and a failure to condemn the rise in Christian nationalism, writes a religion scholar.
Do students’ views of people with different beliefs really change on campus? AP Photo/Darron Cummings

Evangelical college students often feel misunderstood – what helps boost understanding between students of all faiths?

College can be a time to interact with people with different worldviews, but meaningful exchanges often require intent.
Pastor Silas Malafaia, second from left, prays alongside President Jair Bolsonaro, far left, at the Assembly of God Victory in Christ Church in Rio de Janeiro. AP Photo/Bruna Prado

Religion is shaping Brazil’s presidential election – but its evangelicals aren’t the same as America’s

Trump and Bolsonaro use religion in similar ways, but there are key differences between the two countries’ evangelical communities – and politics.
Protestant Christians have been debating – and more often than not, supporting – modern contraceptives since they first appeared. Bettmann/Bettman via Getty Images

Protestants and the pill: How US Christians helped make birth control mainstream

Conservative Christians have cheered restrictions on some birth control. But many decades ago, Christian leaders’ support helped contraceptives become acceptable in the first place.
When asked how she wanted to be remembered, Tammy Faye replied, “My eyelashes and my walk with the Lord.” John Storey/Getty Images

Underneath all the makeup, who was the real Tammy Faye?

The subject of a new biopic, Tammy Faye was a televangelist icon. But she also represented another side of the evangelical coin – one that was big-hearted, vulnerable and accepting.

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