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Christianity Today: The ‘Prophets’ and ‘Apostles’ Leading the Quiet Revolution in American Religion

A Christian movement has become one of the fastest-growing faith groups in the country recently, attracting millions of followers with promises of direct access to God. Christianity Today interviewed CRCC Senior Director …

BYU Radio: Richard Flory on Religious “Nones”

An increasing number of Americans do not affiliate with any particular religion. BYU Radio’s Matt Townsend Show recently interviewed CRCC senior director of research and evaluation Richard Flory, about the increase of religious “nones” in …

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 …

The Tidal Wave of Indifference: I Don’t Church, I Brunch

A lot has been written recently about the spiritual-but-not-religious crowd, or the “religious nones”–people who have no particular religious affiliation–and how their numbers are rapidly growing in the U.S. Recent reports place …

The Religious Literacy Primer for Crises, Disasters and Public Health Emergencies

A companion to the Field Guide for Religious Competency, the Religious Literacy Primer is a quick-reference document which provides information on basic religious literacy for 23 of the largest religious communities in …

It’s Already 2040 at a Seminary Near You

According to U.S. Census projections, sometime during the 2040s America’s white population will no longer be the majority, but only the largest of several sizeable ethnic-racial groups in the country. The Association …

Keeping Faith: A CRCC Senior Fellow Finds the Key to Passing Religion Across Generations

Bengtson says that emotional warmth rather than devoutness or discipline appears to be the key factor in families that successfully transmit religious traditions across generations. Allowing their children—particularly adolescents—to venture away from orthodox expressions of belief might seem counterintuitive to parents who want their kids to remain in the fold. Yet Bengtson’s work shows that a home environment that is nurturing but not constricting appears most likely to encourage spiritual roots to grow deep.

Moved by the Spirit: Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity in the Global South

Nick Street reports on new trends in Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity. The report includes information on the Pentecostal and Charismatic Research Initiative and photographs by Nick Street and Donald Miller.   Download …

Principled Pluralism: Report of the Inclusive America Project

Brie Loskota participated on an Aspen Institute panel on religious pluralism in the United States. The distinguished panelists contributed to a publication that “discusses proven strategies for managing America’s religious diversity in …

L.A.’s First Jewish Mayor?

Since the mid 1950s Los Angeles has been the second largest Jewish community in the United States, but has never had a Jewish mayor. New York, by contrast, elected its first Jewish …

Searching for Islam’s New Narratives in our Own Back Yard

In the past few weeks, two familiar voices have reemerged to explain the violence and rage that erupted in Libya, Egypt, and across the Muslim world earlier this month. Ayaan Hirsi Ali …

Demographic Change: Casualties or Opportunities?

This post originally appeared on Patheos’ Black, White and Gray blog. At the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture, we’ve been talking a lot lately about how different communities in the …

The Black Church Next: Challenges and Opportunities Facing African American Congregations in 21st Century Los Angeles

For generations the church was the stalwart institution in the African American community. From providing assistance to new urban migrants to serving as the social conscience of a nation, the church was …

The New Politics of Fear

This post originally appeared on Trans/Missions, the USC Knight Chair in Media and Religion site. Although there are still some lingering questions from last November about the role that values-voters played in …

Jared Diamond on The Evolution of Religions

Jared Diamond, professor of geography at UCLA, received the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 1998 for Guns, Germs and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. In 1999, he received the National Medal of Science. His most recent book is Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed (2004).

Pentecostalism in the 21st Century

A panel discussion that was part of “Spirit in the World: The Dynamics of Pentecostal Growth and Experience,” held October 7, 2006.

So Much for the Secularization Thesis

Or maybe we could develop an alternative explanation and call it the “Spiritualization Thesis.” Americans are, apparently, as interested in religious and spiritual activities as ever, including prayer and seeking out various forms of spiritual guidance and direction.

Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and Muslims

Passing on the Faith: Transforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and Muslims  James L. Heft (ed.) (Fordham University Press: 2006) This books was supported by the USC Center for …