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How a Christian Movement Is Growing Rapidly in the Midst of Religious Decline

This article was originally published on The Conversation. In August of 2011, more than 30,000 people cheered wildly as the then U.S. presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry – now secretary …

The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders are Changing the Religious Landscape

The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape Brad Christerson and Richard Flory (Oxford University Press 2017) Why, when traditionally organized religious groups are seeing declining membership and …

The Changing Nature of America’s Irreligious Explained

This article was originally published on The Conversation. A recent survey of the religious profile of the 115th Congress revealed that despite the increase in the number of Americans who claim no …

Deseret News: Why Teens Leave the Faith

Within the growing portion of religious “nones,” many who leave their childhood religion behind do so as a teenager. The Deseret News quoted CRCC’s Richard Flory about this phenomenon, as well as …

The Orange County Register: Irvine pastor Rev. Mark Whitlock exhorts church to ‘set a moral tone’ during Trump Presidency

In response to the surprising Trump victory of this year’s Presidential election, the Rev. Mark Whitlock is encouraging for faith organizations to be prominent moral voices against any future policies that could …

Surprised American Evangelicals Voted for Trump? They Have a History of Racism

This post originally appeared on International Business Times. As a scholar of religion, one story that has intrigued me since the beginning of the 2016 presidential campaign is how Trump’s candidacy—now his …

How a New Generation Is Changing Evangelical Christianity

Since the late 1970s, American evangelicalism has been largely identified with right-wing politics. Conservative religious values entered the political sphere through movements such as Moral Majority and Focus on the Family that …

Christian Science Monitor: Why Kasich’s atheist criticisms seem out of touch

Upon seeing a Harry Potter novel at a bookstore, Former Republican presidential candidate and Ohio governor John Kasich criticized its movie series star Daniel Radcliffe’s atheism. “What the [expletive] is wrong with …

L.A. Times: ‘A delivery boy’ for God: Greg Laurie and his Harvest Crusade

The Los Angeles Times interviewed CRCC’s Richard Flory for an article about the 27th annual Harvest Crusade and its founder Greg Laurie. Nearly 100,000 people are expected to attend the event (now named …

Buzzfeed: Silicon Valley’s Hippest Church Is Going Public

CRCC’s senior research director Richard Flory was quoted by Buzzfeed about religious revival in Silicon Valley. An excerpt from the article: C3SV’s [an independent offshoot of a Pentecostal megachurch] parent, C3 Global, …

St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Why a Church Gave Away Cars for Mother’s Day

A Mother’s Day car give-away reflects a St. Louis church’s prosperity gospel, Richard Flory told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Here’s an excerpt of the article: “I honestly have never heard of anything …

L.A. Times: Will Young People Watch FOX’s Passion Play?

The Los Angeles Times quoted CRCC’s Director of Research and Evaluation Richard Flory in an article about FOX’s “The Passion,” a live production of a modern-day Passion Play set in New Orleans. …

Mapping the New Landscape of Religion in Los Feliz

This article originally appeared in BOOM: A Journal of California. Mt. Hollywood Congregational Church was in trouble. Its congregation had become too small to sustain the decaying Los Feliz building that had …

In the Age of Megachurches, Sometimes Less Is More

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. We have long known, as sociologist Mark Chaves says, that “most congregations in the United States are small, but most people are in large congregations.” …

Slimming the Megachurch in Seoul and Los Angeles

Yoido Full Gospel Church is the world’s largest megachurch. When we visited the Seoul church one weekday morning last fall, I was struck by two things: First the church was full, but …

A Religion Dispatches Roundtable Discussion on Religious “Nones”

Religion Dispatches’ Peter Laarman led a roundtable conversation on religious “nones” with Kaya Oakes, The Nones Are Alright: A New Generation of Seekers, Believers and Those in Between, Sikivu Hutchinson, atheist scholar and author, …

What the Fight over Allah Says About the Future of Evangelical Christianity

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. When Professor Larycia Hawkins of Wheaton College publicly announced her solidarity with Muslims by wearing a hijab through the holiday season—and stated that Christians and …

American Christianity Is Changing Fast: Five Stories to Watch in 2016

This post originally appeared on Religion Dispatches. While LGBT evangelicals cheered on the SCOTUS decision on gay marriage, evangelical institutions lobbied for the passage of “religious freedom” laws that would allow them …

Richard Flory Speaks at Cal State Fullerton

CRCC Director of Research Richard Flory was the keynote speaker of the “Religious Talks,” an annual series of talks presented by the sociology department at Cal State Fullerton. Here’s an excerpt from …

VOA: Young Americans Seek Different Church Experience

While the number of American identifying as Christian is on the decline, small churches are attracting young people in particular. Richard Flory, director of research for the Center for Religion and Civic …