Charlie Van Dyke

The wistful refrain among religionists has for some time now been the same: the religiously unaffiliated will return to religious practice one of these days. New numbers from a survey jointly conducted by the Public Religion Research... read more
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The Nones
Posted September 23, 2016 by Charlie Van Dyke in In The News
By Christopher Ingraham July 14

More American voters than ever say they are not religious, making the religiously unaffiliated the nation's biggest voting bloc by faith for the first time in a presidential election year. This marks a dramatic shift from just eight years ago, when the non-religious were roundly outnumbered by Catholics, white mai... read more
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Christ Statue In Rio
Posted August 12, 2016 by Charlie Van Dyke in In The News
By Michelle Boorstein August 9

“Christ the Redeemer” — or “Cristo Redentor” — rises almost a half-mile into the Rio sky, and is perhaps the most recognizable Christian image in Latin America.

Yet Cristo’s meaning to Brazilians varies. Some see it as a tribute to Catholicism while others consider it a salvo against secularism. Still others in ... read more
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What Do You Pray For?
Posted April 23, 2016 by Charlie Van Dyke in Town Square
(RNS) The vast majority of Americans have prayed for the healing of others and more than 1 in 4 have practiced the laying on of hands, a Baylor University expert reports.

“Outside of belief in God, there may be no more ubiquitous religious expression in the U.S. than use of healing prayer,” said Jeff Levin of the university’s Institute for Studies... read more
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By Irin Carmon

Many observers left last week’s contraceptive coverage oral argument at the Supreme Court convinced that the court was headed to a 4-4 tie, with Justice Anthony Kennedy siding with the religious objectors opposing the Obama administration’s plan to cover their female employees’ contraception. On Tuesday, less than a week after oral ... read more
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