Charlie Van Dyke
By Tom Ehrich

(RNS) Let’s be clear: The much-heralded “decline of Christianity in America” isn’t about God losing faith in humankind.

It isn’t about losing our moral compass thanks to whatever you happen to loathe. It isn’t about fickle millennials. It isn’t about zigging trendy or zagging traditional.

In fact, I would argue that Christianity is... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By K J Dell'Antonia

Do you still practice the faith you grew up with? More and more young adults now identify as nonreligious, with no affiliation to any religion, according to a large new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Nearly one in four Americans is now religiously unaffiliated – that means they describe themselves as atheist, agnostic or “... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
NEW YORK, (Reuters) – Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter can still command people’s attention. His 2009 column on why he quit his church for women’s rights — “Losing my religion over equality” — has abruptly gone viral.

Carter, 90, a Nobel Peace laureate and longtime human rights champion, has campaigned to end violence and discrimination again... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
Washington (CNN)
Until recently, if you sat in church on Sunday mornings, pollsters could predict where you stood on same-sex marriage.

What a difference a decade makes.

In 2003, when the Massachusetts Supreme Court became the country's first to legalize same-sex marriage, less than 30% of religiously affiliated Americans supported gays' and lesb... read more
Charlie Van Dyke
By Corey L. Kennard

There she was, lying in the hospital bed dying. This mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend had played so many roles in her life, but none more important than her role as a believer in God. Since the patient, whom I’ll call Ms. Ellen, was a little girl, she had always had the hope that her Christian faith would pull her thro... read more
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