Riches, religion, and the new atheism

Planned Parenthood’s claim that ’60 percent’ of voters oppose 20-week abortion ban

Americans’ confidence in religion hits a new low

Share of births to unmarried women dips, reversing a long trend

Moms, let dad be dad

Younger adults put financial security ahead of marriage, kids: survey

What to make of Southern Baptists’ declining numbers

Dana Milbank is so dishonest, interviewees have to post their email correspondence to correct record

‘Christian Millennials’ — Not an oxymoron

Is “safe-sex” education the reason behind the drop in abortion?

Red State Families: Better than we knew

How family fragmentation impacts poverty in America

Everything we think we know about marriage and divorce is wrong

    Catalyst: Have you ever lamented the fact that the divorce rate was the same in the church? Or that most marriages are just hanging in there, not vibrant and happy? Without realizing it, those of us who have shared that information have been, as Andy Stanley put it in the Foreword to my new book The Good News About Marriage, “A small part of a very large problem.” We have been both accepting and adding to a deep sense of cultural discouragement about marriage. A discouragement that instead of motivating people, leeches hope from marriages. A discouragement that, it turns out, is based more on myth than reality.


  • Posted: 06/12/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: catalystconference.com

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Marriage is a social justice issue

The north-south divide on two-parent families

Fewer young people say I do — to any relationship

    Gallup: Along with the decline in marriages among 18- to 29-year-olds in the U.S. in recent years, Gallup trends on Americans’ living arrangements reveal that the percentage of young adults “living together” has hardly budged. This means that not only are fewer young adults married, but also that fewer are in committed relationships. As a result, the percentage of young adults who report being single and not living with someone has risen dramatically in the past decade, from 52% in 2004 to 64% in 2014.


  • Posted: 06/10/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.gallup.com

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New York City is post secular and highly religious

    Acton Institute: Large cities in the northeast like Boston, New York, Newark, Philadelphia, and so on, are often caricatured as wastelands of non-religious, unchurched, overtly secular theaters. Caricatures of this type seem odd given the fact that many of America’s oldest religious institutions are actively operating in those regions. One of my friends is quick to point out that every week people sit on church pews in northeastern churches that older than many states out west. For example, by looking at the Christian presence in the New York City area alone, research shows that the northeast might not be as religiously barren as many believe.


  • Posted: 06/10/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: blog.acton.org

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Report: Abortion rate drops 12 percent in U.S., but hundreds of thousands still killed each year

From “meh” to “amen”

Could Facebook be helping to reduce abortions?

AP Exclusive: Abortions declining in nearly all states

Abortions drop in almost every state, a new survey shows

Number of abortions in America fell 12% since 2010

ISIS seen undermining Islamic faith as more Muslims convert to Christianity

A massive, silent cultural revolution has changed America

Leaving ‘baptist’ in your church name won’t scare people away

Kids in foster care deserve loving families

What the people want from the Supreme Court on marriage

Remarriage in the United States: If at first they don’t succeed, do most Americans “try, try again”?

Abortionists have killed more Americans than lived in U.S. in 1880

Gallup poll shows increased support for physician assisted suicide

    First Things: Last week, Gallup released the results of a poll on the moral acceptability of various behaviors. Specifically, this poll asked people about the morality of over fifteen specific issues including abortion, gambling, and polygamy. What was most interesting was the sharp increase in the percentage of people who found doctor assisted suicide “morally acceptable.” In 2013, only 45 percent of Americans found doctor assisted suicide “morally acceptable.” Last week’s poll indicated that percentage had risen to 56 percent.


  • Posted: 06/02/2015
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  • Category: Sanctity of Life
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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The case of the amazing gay-marriage data: How a grad student uncovered a huge fraud

    Slate: The exposure of one of the biggest scientific frauds in recent memory didn’t start with concerns about normally distributed data, or the test-retest reliability of feelings thermometers, or anonymous Stata output on shady message boards, or any of the other statistically complex details that would make it such a bizarre and explosive scandal. Rather, it started in the most unremarkable way possible: with a graduate student trying to figure out a money issue.


  • Posted: 06/02/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.slate.com

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Marriage is going out of style, and that could hurt

The state of evangelicalism in Canada

Why are behaviors the Bible condemns considered ‘morally acceptable’ by Christians?

Science Magazine officially retracts that discredited gay marriage study

The end of casual Christianity

The assisted-suicide movement goes on life support

Transition to sex predicts changes in religiosity

Tales of two social scientists

    First Things: Of course I have been talking, in the first story, about the beleaguered but unbowed Mark Regnerus, the sociologist whose New Family Structures Study was published in Social Science Research in 2012. (Full disclosure: Regnerus’s NFSS was funded in principal part, but uninfluenced by, the Witherspoon Institute where I work.) And the second story, which broke this week, is about UCLA political science doctoral student Michael LaCour, whose co-author, Donald Green of Columbia, has asked for the journal Science to retract their much-ballyhooed December 2014 article.


  • Posted: 05/27/2015
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  • Category: Marriage & Family
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  • Source: www.firstthings.com

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Professor retracts same-sex marriage study over fake data

The gay rights revolution in Ireland

Doubts about study of gay canvassers rattles the field

“It wasn’t the gays who trashed marriage in Ireland”

Was a gay-marriage paper fabricated?

A majority of Americans now think gays are born that way

Evangelicals, culture, and post-Christian America

Data faked by same-sex marriage researchers

Growing share of U.S. immigrants have no religious affiliation

Mainstream reports of Christianity’s demise greatly exaggerated, says new poll data

Divorced dads: For worse, for better

21st Century progress toward making abortion unthinkable

Is Christianity dying from boredom?

Bright spots and tough challenges for evangelicals in Pew survey

No, American Christianity is not dead

    CNN: The headlines were deafening this week — if current trends continue, the last Christian at Boston’s historic Park Street Church will leave the faith in a few decades, join a Wiccan coven on Harvard Square, tell her live-in atheist boyfriend that Christianity is dead, and we’ll all just move on from this failed Christian experiment.


  • Posted: 05/18/2015
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  • Category: Religious Liberty
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  • Source: www.cnn.com

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Why parents should stop hoping their kids will get married

The evangelicalization of American Christianity

How your hometown affects your chances of marriage

Addiction to ‘virtual reality porn’ distorting young minds

Not dead yet? Marriage in twenty-first-century America

Pew and the three American worldviews

Big drop in share of Americans calling themselves Christian

Half of atheist kids wind up believing

Evangelicalism continues to grow while Christianity in America declines

Religious ‘nones’ over one-fifth of US, as Christians see 7-year low

Sorry, progressives—Civil religion may be dying out, but evangelicals aren’t

On conservative religious activism, the numbers speak for themselves

America’s changing religious landscape

No, Christianity is not actually in decline

Christians lose ground, ‘nones’ soar in new portrait of US religion

Is Christianity dying?

Pakistan one of the worst religious freedom offenders, says USCIRF