March, 2011

Survey | Few Americans see earthquakes, floods and other natural disasters a sign from God


The new PRRI/RNS Religion News Survey was conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service following the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Most Americans believe in a personal God who is in control of everything that happens in the world — fairly standard orthodox theological affirmations –- but they resist drawing a straight line from those beliefs to God’s direct role or judgment in natural disasters. […]

Report | Catholic Attitudes on Gay and Lesbian Issues: A Comprehensive Portrait from Recent Research


Catholics are more supportive of legal recognitions of same-sex relationships than members of any other Christian tradition and Americans overall. Nearly three-quarters of Catholics favor either allowing gay and lesbian people to marry (43%) or allowing them to form civil unions (31%). Only 22% of Catholics say there should be no legal recognition of a gay couple’s relationship. When same-sex marriage is defined explicitly as a civil marriage, support is […]