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Forward: Richard Flory on The Jerusalem Embassy Ceremony

While the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem is a political victory for Trump, it is a religious victory for evangelicals. Trump appealed to this group of evangelicals – a …

NBC: Richard Flory on Bringing Environmentalism to Evangelicals

The thought of climate change as a major issue has often been dismissed by many white evangelicals. Oftentimes evangelicals see climate change running counter to their strict interpretations of theology. However, some …

Billy Graham Coverage: Richard Flory on Evangelical Politics

The death of “America’s pastor” Billy Graham at age 99 has brought reflection on the politics of American evangelicalism. Richard Flory, CRCC’s senior director of research and evaluation, spoke with FiveThirtyEight and Congressional Quarterly …

Billy Graham Coverage: Richard Flory on the Business of Evangelicalism

Billy Graham left a legacy in the evangelical world not only in terms of his preaching, but also in terms of the organizations he founded or inspired. Following his death on February …

Why–and How–Catholic Women Vote

I was not surprised when the editors of America told me that their recent survey of American Catholic women indicated that Catholic teaching didn’t influence women’s votes. Sociologists and polls often show …

Evangelicalism Is *Still* in Crisis – An Update on 2017 Trends to Watch

In our 2017 religion trends to watch, one of our snarky headlines read: “New Species of Evangelicals Discovered.” As we pointed out under the headline, the divisions in Evangelicalism have long existed. …

USA Today: Evangelicals’ Victories and Defeats in Trump’s First Year

Conservative Christians have had unprecedented access to the White House and won many political victories under the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency, USA Today reported. At the same time, they may …

How California’s Megachurches Changed Christian Culture

This article was originally published on The Conversation. The popular view of California is of a liberal, godless region, a land of possibilities that is open to experimentation in all things. As …

Studying Religion in the “Belly of the Beast” – A Prison in Rio

It seemed like a good idea when I made the arrangements. But my heart was beating at double speed and I was filled with doubt, as a staff member handed me a …

Haaretz: Young Evangelicals Less Supportive of Israel

Young evangelical Americans are increasingly diverging from their elders’ support for Israel, Haaretz reported about a new survey. Richard Flory, CRCC’s director of research and evaluation, explained in the article that the generational …

How a Group of California Nuns Challenged the Catholic Church

This article was originally published on The Conversation. California in the 1960s was the epicenter for spiritual experimentation. Indian gurus and New Age prophets, Jesus freaks and Scientologists all found followings in …

Reviews of The Rise of Network Christianity

[Updated February 6, 2018] The Los Angeles Review of Books and two academic journals reviewed The Rise of Network Christianity: How Independent Leaders Are Changing the Religious Landscape, by CRCC’s Richard Flory …

Hollywood Beloved: A Catholic Procession on the Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Hollywood Beloved is a Catholic Eucharistic procession that brings together multiple parishes and Catholic organizations from around Southern California for public worship in the heart of Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. At the …

New York Times: Richard Flory on Hillsong’s Celebrity Culture

“Own the Moment” by Hillsong NYC Pastor Carl Lentz presents the church’s brand of hip, approachable Christianity, according to the New York Times Books section. The story turned to CRCC’s Richard Flory …

Christianity Today Review of “If I Give my Soul”

Christianity Today reviewed Andrew Johnson’s book, If I Give My Soul: Faith Behind Bars in Rio de Janeiro, giving the book five stars. Johnson’s research for the book was supported by  CRCC’s Pentecostal …

Reimagining Religion Conference: The Future of Religion in Los Angeles

What does the future of religion in the United States look like? Even as religious affiliation declines, the USC Center for Religion and Civic Culture finds signs of innovation and vitality in …

Buzzfeed News: INC Christianity Spreads through Bethel School of Supernatural Minsitry

The Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry is causing rifts in Redding, California, Buzzfeed News reports. The school is at the center of INC — Independent Network Charismatic — Christianity, a growing movement …

How a Growing Christian Movement is Seeking to Change America

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Last week, from Oct. 6 to 9, the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was filled with tents, worship music and prayer for the “Awaken …

Daily Pilot: The Fast-Growing Catholic Diocese of Orange

The Catholic Diocese of Orange is among the fastest-growing dioceses in the United States, and its strength lies in its diversity, reports the Daily Pilot. “If you look at the Diocese of Orange, …

The New York Times: The Creation of a Modern Megachurch

In a few years, Zerephath Christian Church in New Jersey has transformed from the dwindling base of a little-known denomination to a large megachurch. The New York Times reported on this transition, turning to CRCC’s …