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Commit a misdemeanor in Baldwin County, Alabama’s county seat — Bay Minette, population 7,726 — and it’s possible to stay out of jail by going to church. The new policy in Municipal Court begins next week. It is “being praised […]

The national news media yawned over the Baylor Survey’s findings that the number of American atheists has remained steady at 4 percent since 1944, and that church membership has reached an all-time high. “But,” ponder Rodney Stark and Byron Johnson in […]

The daunting statistics about church-going youth keep rolling in. It’s hard to sort through the various reports and find the real story. “And there is no one easy solution for bringing all of those ‘lost’ kids back into the church, […]

By TREVOR GRUNDY c. 2011 Religion News Service CANTERBURY, ENGLAND (RNS/ENInews) In a challenge to conventional wisdom that church attendance is plummeting across Britain and Western Europe, the Church of England says attendance at its 43 cathedrals grew 7 percent […]

LONDON (RNS) Researchers at two of Britain’s top universities claim that church attendance in many Western nations is falling because people are living longer and therefore have less fear of death. The result, the studies say, is a “graying church.” […]

BERLIN (RNS) The number of Germans leaving the Roman Catholic Church rose dramatically in 2010 as Pope Benedict XVI’s homeland wrestled with reports of systematic sexual abuse of minors and attempted cover-ups, according to a study by a German newspaper. […]