Research on Religion

(February 28, 2013) Pope Benedict XVI shocked the world by announcing on February 11 that he would resign at the end of February. His decision marked the first time in nearly 600 years that a pope has stepped down before death. Significant events...
(February 15, 2013) Celestine V, the first pope to willingly abdicate, was once known as Peter of Morrone, a man who preferred to live as a hermit. Jon Sweeney, author of the book "The Pope Who Quit," explains that although many saw his...
Don’t sell all your belongings just yet. Scholars expect December 21 to pass as a typical winter solstice, not in end-of-the-world catastrophes as some have predicted.
(October 10, 2012) Americans who do not identify with any religion, referred to as “nones,” are growing rapidly, according to a new study released Tuesday. Religious leaders will want to take note: Protestants no longer hold a majority in the United...
While the world excitedly anticipates feats of physical prowess at the Olympic Games in London, few are aware that faith is a pre-eminent concern to some of the top participating athletes.
(July 17, 2012) Last month, Fredericks, a non-denominational evangelical, married Medina del Castillo, a Muslim, in an interfaith ceremony. While both families embrace the union, Fredericks says that not all of his extended family were necessarily...
(May 10, 2012) Kenneth D. Wald, the Samuel R. Shorstein Professor of American Jewish Culture & Society at the University of Florida, comments on the results of the Public Religion Research Institute's 2012 Jewish Values Survey.
(April 19, 2012) Dr. Robert Jones, CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute, discusses the findings of the Millennial Values Survey released today in conjunction with the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs at...
(April 16, 2011) The Pew Research Center recently released the study “Religion in Prisons”, a 50-state survey uncovering the reality of religious life for both prisoners and prison chaplains. Almost all state and federal prisons in the U.S. have at...
(April 30, 2012) Because of their concentration in swing states and increasing political engagement, Muslim voters could play a divisive role in choosing our next president, according to a new study released this month by the Institute for Social...