United States

  • September 29, 2010

    So sudden have been the marked trends showing disaffection from organised religion that leaders have not internalised the evidence, says Martin Marty. They need to wake up. “Being spiritual” alone is not going to help keep the stories, the language of ethics, and the pool of volunteers embedded in religious bodies thriving.

  • September 10, 2010

    The Massachusetts Bible Society says it plans to stand against hate and give away two copies of the Qur'an for every one Christian extremists burn.

  • August 16, 2010

    Three church conferences say foreign delegates' visas were denied by US officials, meaning some nations lacked representation at global assemblies.

  • July 27, 2010

    Two interesting things happened last week that directly affected my neighbours – those whom the biblical message enjoins me to love. First, the California Affiliates of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) endorsed Proposition 19. This is a ballot initiative to legalise recreational use of marijuana. Second, the Economist magazine published an article on mass incarceration in the United States entitled ‘Rough Justice,’ with the subheading “America locks up too many people, some for acts that should not even be criminal.”

  • July 18, 2010

    The curious case of "King James" LeBron, US basketball player, has produced not just manufactured outrage over disloyalty, but a veritable religious marketplace of allegiances connecting fans, idols and saviours, says M. Cooper Harriss. It can be seen as a peculiarly modern American version of idolatry.

  • July 16, 2010

    A new report on Christian political participation in the USA shows a diverse picture at odds with attempts to stereotype or claim a simple 'Christian vote', says Martin Marty.

  • July 11, 2010

    Afghan civilians have called for the removal of Western troops from their country during demonstrations over the weekend. They expressed opposition to the Karzai government backed by the US and UK.

  • June 24, 2010

    Cheaply produced (if expensive to consume), Sarah Palin is a popular commodity whose religious saleability is evidenced by the merchandise generated around her, says Jeremy Biles. He compares and contrasts this phenomenon with that of the destroyed 'Touchdown Jesus' statue and asks what the iconography of faith says about actual belief.

  • June 7, 2010

    The decline and problems faced by The Crystal Cathedral and other mega-churches has been an occasion for Schadenfreude for those inside and outside the Christian community, says Martin Marty. This is too simple and too judgmental a view.

  • January 11, 2010

    Catholics in the United States are asking a question that touches on demographics and culture: what will the church look like in the coming years when at least 40 per cent, and perhaps even a majority, of US Catholics are Latino?