What makes women more religious than men?

  A movie I saw many years ago included a scene in which a small-town character was asked if he regularly attends church. His reply: “The missus does the churching for both of us.” That film was set in the 1920s, but the line about the “missus” doing the “churching” still rings true decades later. We all know people like that, don’t we? The simple fact of the matter is that women generally are more religious than men and have been for a long time. Secular humanist Susan Jacoby once put it this...

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Why won’t the media tell us about the shutdown of Christian churches?

 The answer to the question in the headline above is pretty simple: There have been no news stories about the shutdown of Christian churches in America because it hasn’t happened. Not only have Christian churches not been shut down, but there is not the slightest evidence that they ever will. So, why am I belaboring this profound grasp of the obvious? Here’s why: At one of his rallies the other day, Donald Trump this: “Christianity is under attack. They’ve, like,  shut Christianity down.” As far as I know, nobody...

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Americans more zealous about religious freedom for Christians than for Muslims

    There’s good news and bad news in a new poll from The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research on the subject of religious freedom in America. While Americans overwhelmingly support the notion of religious freedom — at least in the abstract — some folks, especially Christians,  seem to think that freedom is more important for members of their own religion than for followers of other faiths. These people seem not to understand that no one religion should be granted more freedom than any...

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Prominent religionist says survey shows coming collapse of Christianity in America

Rod Dreher (above) is a religious conservative but not exactly a member of what’s widely known as the Religious Right. A columnist by trade, Dreher often writes about religious matters. And he’s out today with a piece on the website of American Conservative that’s alarming or alarmist, depending on your point of view. As we see HERE, Dreher fears for the future of Christianity in this country: The Pew Center is out with a comprehensive study of religion in America, and the news is bad for Christians: The Christian share of...

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No matter your views on religion, this article will get your juices flowing

There are so many quotable passages in a recent Wall Street Journal piece on religion by Prof. Daniel C. Dennett that I can’t do the article justice with the few excerpts I’m allowed to publish in this blog post. Instead, then, I’ll just paraphrase some of the best parts: –Religion has been in decline over the past few centuries, especially among Western democracies, and only a global catastrophe can reverse this trend. –Religion thrives amid misery and fear, and doesn’t thrive amid general well-being....

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