|Faith on the Hill: The Religious Composition of the 113th Congress |
A handful of congressional seats have changed hands or been decided since the Pew Forum first published an analysis of the religious makeup of the 113th Congress in mid-November. The Congress sworn in yesterday includes the first Buddhist to serve in the Senate, the first Hindu to serve in either chamber and the first member of Congress to describe her religion as "none," continuing a gradual increase in religious diversity that mirrors trends in the country as a whole. While Congress remains majority Protestant, the institution is far less so today than it was 50 years ago, when nearly three-quarters of the members belonged to Protestant denominations. READ THE UPDATED ANALYSIS >|
|JAN. 3 - BBC NEWS|
Spiritual, but not religious
A story that explores people who consider themselves to be "spiritual but not religious" includes data from the Pew Forum's October 2012 " 'Nones' on the Rise" report. The report found that one-fifth of Americans are religiously unaffiliated, and 37% of those describe themselves as spiritual but not religious.
|DEC. 20 - RELIGION NEWS SERVICE|
From nuns to 'nones,' 10 ways religion shaped the news in 2012
Religion News Service's look back at the way religion made news in 2012 highlighted the size and growth of the religiously unaffiliated population in the U.S. and around the world. The Pew Forum's December 2012 demography report "The Global Religious Landscape" found that the unaffiliated are the third-largest religious group worldwide, behind Christians and Muslims, and about equal in size to the world's Catholic population.
|DEC. 23 - THE CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR|
Who's filling America's church pews
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