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“Trend in Americans’ Belief in God” Graphic courtesy of Gallup (RNS) — Belief in God has been one of the strongest, most reliable markers of the persistence of American religiosity over the years. But a new Gallup Poll suggests...
(RNS) — When Anne Klaeysen first applied to be the humanist chaplain at Adelphi University in Garden City, New York, in the mid-2000s, the deans interviewing her went straight to the point: “The other chaplains want to know,” they...
(RNS) — Eight-year-old Bailey Harris was curled up next to her family, engrossed in the TV series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” when astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson appeared on screen and shared something extraordinary. Planets, humans and all of life,...
(RNS) — A long-haired man in skinny jeans is greeted by cheers, raised hands and an orange-tinted spotlight as he steps onto a platform. “If you want to succeed in this world, you have to build something that has...
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP/RNS) — As student anxiety skyrockets, campus ministries are trying to help by not only offering the comforts of faith and community, but also creating collaborations with mental health professionals. On Ivy League campuses, large public institutions...
(RNS) — When Crystal Cheatham, a Black woman who grew up in a Seventh-day Adventist church she described as fundamentalist, came out as a lesbian, her church didn’t accept it. That rejection led to a rejection of her own...
ATLANTA (RNS) — As many gathered for Easter and Passover festivities over the weekend, an estimated 550 atheists, freethinkers, humanists and other nonbelievers converged on Atlanta for the American Atheists’ national convention. Typically held on Easter weekend, the annual...
(RNS) — American Atheists, one of the leading organizations dedicated to defending nonbelief, is taking a quieter approach as it prepares for its first in-person convention in three years. The organization, started by Madalyn Murray O’Hair, once dubbed “The Most...
(RNS) — A survey of nonreligious people reveals that women are more likely than others to encounter stigma and discrimination in nearly every area of their lives — social media, education, employment, the military and within their families — because...
(RNS) — Graduate Theological Union, a 60-year-old consortium of California seminaries and religious study centers, wants to think beyond the ivory tower.   Known for its interfaith focus, the interfaith institution isn’t interested in replacing religious degree programs, but it...