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September 1, 2015

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New Survey on Americans' Views on Papal Encyclical on Climate Change

Aug. 26, 2015 — A new national survey found that fewer than one in three Americans, and 40 percent of Catholics, are aware of Pope Francis's efforts to publicize global warming as a priority issue for the ... read more

People's Spiritual Awareness Varies Throughout the Day

Aug. 23, 2015 — People who report having spiritual awareness have it vary throughout the day, rather than being constant, according to a new ... read more

High Participation in Small Church Groups Has Its Downside, Research Shows

Aug. 13, 2015 — Parishioners who participate in small groups within a religious congregation are generally more likely to be civically engaged than their fellow worshipers unless a church has high overall ... read more

Picking Up the Phone to Improve Mental Health in Seniors

Aug. 5, 2015 — Therapy provided via telephone for older adults in rural areas is effective in treating anxiety disorder, a new study has demonstrated. Experts write that the health-care system lacks the capacity to ... read more

Religious Groups Could Expedite Response to Biggest Global Health Challenges of 21st Century

July 7, 2015 — Faith-based organizations are crucial in achieving the promise of universal health coverage -- an adequate standard of health care for all people -- especially for poor and marginalized groups, ... read more

Huge Congregations View Racial Inequality Differently Than Others Do, Study Shows

June 29, 2015 — Congregation size has an impact on how people view the reasons for racial inequality in America, according to a new study. Those who attend very large congregations do not tend to attribute social ... read more

Those Who Believe in Pure Evil Support More Harsh Criminal Punishments, Study Finds

May 14, 2015 — People who believe in pure evil are more likely support sentences such as life in prison without parole and the death penalty for criminals, a psychology study finds. The researchers added that ... read more

May 6, 2015 — People asked to rate the end-of-life care of an elderly loved one were significantly less likely to report care was excellent in a 2011-13 survey than those who were surveyed in 2000. The ... read more

Zombie Family Values: The Walking Dead TV Program Analyzed

Apr. 15, 2015 — Researchers studying the first three seasons of the AMC hit show The Walking Dead found the show and its characters push family as the best hope for the end times, rather than government, science or ... read more

Healthcare Professionals Must Recognize Importance of Human Rights to Improve Healthcare for Women, Experts Say

Apr. 14, 2015 — Women's human rights need to be addressed globally in order to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity, says an ... read more

Apr. 9, 2015 — The antiquated heating systems in many Spanish churches create abrupt variations in temperature and humidity which can negatively affect the conservation of its artistic heritage, especially in tall ... read more

Die-Hard College Sports Fans Defy Expectations

Mar. 16, 2015 — When March Madness kicks off, you might expect the bleachers to be filled with alumni and students from the competing colleges. In fact, only about a third of die-hard college sports fans are alumni ... read more

Nearly 70 Percent of Evangelicals Do Not View Religion, Science as Being in Conflict

Mar. 13, 2015 — Media and popular culture might portray religion and science as being at odds, but new research suggests just the ... read more

Religion, Support for Birth Control Health Coverage Can Mix

Mar. 11, 2015 — Religious affiliation doesn't necessarily predict a woman’s views on reproductive health care policies like birth control coverage, a study shows. Even when it comes to policies that have ... read more

Thinking of God Makes People Bigger Risk-Takers, Study Suggests

Feb. 26, 2015 — Reminders of God can make people more likely to seek out and take risks, according to research. The findings suggest that people are willing to take these risks because they view God as providing ... read more

Biology Teachers: Understanding Faith, Teaching Evolution Not Mutually Exclusive

Feb. 25, 2015 — Discussing the relationship between science and faith, rather than avoiding the discussion, may better prepare future high school biology teachers for anticipating questions about evolution, ... read more

Keep Your Enemies Close? Study Finds Greater Proximity to Opponents Leads to More Polarization

Feb. 2, 2015 — Encouraging adversaries to have more interpersonal contact to find common ground may work on occasion, but not necessarily in the U.S. Senate, according to new ... read more

Many Religious People View Science Favorably, but Reject Certain Scientific Theories

Jan. 29, 2015 — A new study finds that many U.S. adults -- roughly one in five -- are deeply religious, know a lot about science, and support many practical uses of science and technology in everyday life, but ... read more

Relationship Between Religion and Educational Attainment

Jan. 23, 2015 — Researchers have long studied and documented the influence religion has on social groups; however, few have examined the role it plays in education. A new research article examines the relationship ... read more

Jan. 23, 2015 — Recent developments in science are beginning to suggest that the universe naturally produces complexity. The emergence of life in general and perhaps even rational life, with its associated ... read more

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