Category Archives: Religion

7 Ways to Ruin Employee Morale During the Holidays

Assuming that everyone celebrates a certain holiday can make workers feel uncomfortable and isolated. This month, workplaces across the country are aiming to boost employee morale with loads of holiday initiatives, including holiday parties, gift exchanges, cubicle and cookie decorating … Continue reading

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People live their own form of spirituality

What does spirituality mean? Each individual has his or her own answer to this question. Theologian and psychologist of religion at Bielefeld University, Professor Dr. Heinz Streib, has just published the results of a long-term study in German on the … Continue reading

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Is Starbucks brewing a ‘War On Christmas’?

This week, Starbucks unveiled new cups for the holiday season, which are solid red with the green Starbucks logo in the middle, with no candy canes, reindeer, or snowmen. Starbucks invited controversy this week with new cups that are solid … Continue reading

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Relying on faith, culture and family to reduce stress of caregivers

Coral Gables, Fla. (November 5, 2015) - Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe and disabling psychiatric disorder that affects about one percent of the population in the United States. Approximately 60 percent of those suffering from this condition live with a … Continue reading

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Religious upbringing associated with less altruism, study finds

Many families believe religion plays an essential role in childhood moral development. But children of religious parents may not be as altruistic as those parents think, according to a new international study from the University of Chicago published Nov. 5 … Continue reading

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Polls about religion say very little

There is no sphere of life that polling hasn’t touched. The language of data is ubiquitous: X percent of Americans think this, Y percent identify as that. Even when they don’t actually say much, numbers carry a sheen of authority, … Continue reading

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Post-game prayer sidelines Washington football coach

A high school football coach in Washington has been placed on paid administrative leave for praying at games after school district officials told him to stop. School officials said in a statement Wednesday that Joe Kennedy, an assistant football coach … Continue reading

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College-educated more likely to keep the faith, in some countries

Social scientists have long accepted that religious faith tends to dwindle among college students. However, a new study shows that the highly educated’s loss of faith varies among nations. Comparatively religious nations, such as the U.S., Turkey, Mexico, Italy and … Continue reading

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Highly religious Americans are less likely to see conflict between faith and science

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Oct. 22, 2015) - A majority of the public (59%) says science and religion often conflict, while 38% says science and religion are mostly compatible. But people’s sense that there is a conflict between religion and science seems … Continue reading

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The 16 basic human desires that religion fulfills

Newswise — COLUMBUS, Ohio – Throughout history, scholars and researchers have tried to identify the one key reason that people are attracted to religion. Some have said people seek religion to cope with a fear of death, others call it … Continue reading

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Did Religion Make the American Civil War Worse?

If there is one sober lesson Americans seem to be taking out of the bathos of the Civil War sesquicentennial, it’s the folly of a nation allowing itself to be dragged into the war in the first place. After all, … Continue reading

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How and Why to Talk to Your Kids About Religion When You’re Not Religious

A rapidly growing demographic cohort in America, non-religious parents are at the forefront of a major and unprecedented cultural shift. Unable to fall back on what they were taught as children, many of these parents are struggling — or simply … Continue reading

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Religion and spirituality have significant associations with patients’ health

Research reveals that most individuals with cancer have religious and spiritual beliefs, or derive comfort from religious and spiritual experiences. But what impact does this have on patients’ health? Recent analyses of all published studies on the topic-which included more … Continue reading

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Americans drifting away from religion

(Reuters) - The share of U.S. residents who identify as Christian has shrunk over the past seven years while adults unaffiliated with organized religion now represent a larger portion of the public, a poll released on Tuesday found. Between 2007 … Continue reading

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Perceived open-mindedness explains religion-based dating

Across a number of faiths and cultures, people tend to date and marry others who share their religious beliefs. Now, new psychology research from New Zealand’s University of Otago suggests this phenomenon-known as ‘religious homogamy’-is partially a result of inferences … Continue reading

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We are seeing a ‘cultural religion’ where the secular and religious collide to form a new postmodern spirituality

Infamous cycling champion and high profile cancer survivor, Lance Armstrong is a self-professed atheist. Raised by his Church Deacon step-father; a violent and overbearing man, Armstrong rejected conventional religion in his early life.  Yet throughout much of his suffering and … Continue reading

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The Map of Heaven: How Science, Religion, and Ordinary People Are Proving the Afterlife

The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Proof of Heaven teams up with the sages of times past, modern scientists, and with ordinary people who have had profound spiritual experiences to show the reality of heaven and our … Continue reading

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World religions triggered by rising standards of living in the great civilizations of Eurasia

The ascetic and moralizing movements that spawned the world’s major religious traditions-Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Christianity-all arose around the same time in three different regions, and researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on December 11 have … Continue reading

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Religion or Spirituality Has Positive Impact on Romantic, Marital Relationships, Child Development, Research Shows

Newswise — WASHINGTON – Adolescents who attend religious services with one or both of their parents are more likely to feel greater well-being while romantic partners who pray for their “significant others” experience greater relationship commitment, according to research published … Continue reading

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Religion’s Decline in America: Reports Have Been Exaggerated

Newswise — Reports of religion’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, says Byron Johnson, Ph.D., co-director of Baylor University’s Institute for Studies of Religion. Close examination of data from the General Social Survey and other data sources show that across 40 … Continue reading

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How spirituality can and must be divorced from religion

For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s new book is a guide to meditation as a rational spiritual practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From multiple New York Times bestselling author, neuroscientist, and “new atheist” … Continue reading

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Religion dropouts and higher education: a new shift

For decades, higher education has often been cast as the villain in the story of U.S. religious decline. Past research supported these claims. But a new study by University of Nebraska-Lincoln sociologist Philip Schwadel suggests that a generational shift is … Continue reading

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Religion in Times of Crisis

Publication title: Religion in Times of Crisis Author: Edited by Gladys Ganiel, Heidemarie Winkel and Christophe Monnot Publication type: Book (Hardback) Publication date: 14 July 2014 Number of pages: 198 ISBN number: 978-90-04-27778-6 Price: 98.00 EUR Euros This book explores … Continue reading

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Religions sexist historically, currently

Historian Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger publishes book about controversial gender issues – burka bans, women in the Church, sexual norms, feminism in Judaism In the past, the monotheistic world religions have traditionally subordinated woman with respect to man. Historian Prof. Dr. Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger from … Continue reading

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Religion, spirituality influence health in different but complementary ways: Oregon State study

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health, new research from Oregon State University indicates. “Religion helps regulate behavior and health habits, while spirituality regulates your emotions, how you feel,” said Carolyn Aldwin, a gerontology … Continue reading

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Spirituality and religion may protect against major depression by thickening brain cortex

Newswise — NEW YORK, NY – A thickening of the brain cortex associated with regular meditation or other spiritual or religious practice could be the reason those activities guard against depression – particularly in people who are predisposed to the … Continue reading

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What role do religion and spirituality play in mental health?

Five questions for psychology of religion and spirituality expert Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD Reporters/editors/producers note: The following feature was produced by the American Psychological Association. You may reprint it in its entirety or in part. We only request that you … Continue reading

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