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New MU study finds value differences within Republican party and similarities between both parties
Hoping to answer the question of which political party has a monopoly on the (2008-09-23)

Trimming the Christmas tree or lighting menorah candles together may strengthen your marriage
Couples that participate in and find meaning in religious holiday rituals such as decorating the home for the holidays or lighting candles may be making their marriages stronger. That's according to a new study which finds that couples were more satisfied with their marriages when they found meaning in shared religious holiday rituals. (2001-12-09)

Risky rainy days who plans for their financial future?
Does planning ahead all depend on how much money you have -- the rich can afford it and the poor can't? Or is it as much about what your background is and the social and cultural groups that you belong to? (2008-05-12)

People with no religious affiliation have less favorable views of the US
A study by Ryotaro Uemura, sociology doctoral student at Indiana University Bloomington, found that people who had no religious affiliation have significantly less favorable views of the US However, to be an ethnic minority does not necessarily have significant effects on national attitudes. (2010-08-17)

Common genetic threads link thousands of years of Jewish ancestry
Using sophisticated genomic analysis, scientists have probed the ancestry of several Jewish and non-Jewish populations and better defined the relatedness of contemporary Jewish people. The research, published by Cell Press in the June issue of the American Journal of Human Genetics, may shed light on the question, first raised more than a century ago, of whether Jews are a race, a religious group or something else. (2010-06-03)

Study: Christians tweet more happily, less analytically than atheists
A computer analysis of nearly 2 million text messages (tweets) on the online social network Twitter found that Christians use more positive words, fewer negative words and engage in less analytical thinking than atheists. Christians also were more likely than atheists to tweet about their social relationships, the researchers found. (2013-06-26)

Parents describe their spiritual needs when facing a child's death
A survey of parents indicates that they not only want the best medical care, but also need spiritual care when facing the death of a child. The findings, published in the September issue of Pediatrics, indicate that spiritual/religious support is helpful to many parents in making end-of-life decisions for their child, in finding meaning in their loss and for emotional sustenance. (2006-09-05)

Can geologists bridge the gap between Islamic countries and the western world?
Osman Shinaishin, a National Science Foundation senior program officer who funds geoscience projects, thinks so. A native of Egypt who came to the U.S. in the late 1950s to attend graduate school, Shinaishin believes geoscientists have a unique opportunity to improve understanding across cultures - because of the nature of their science. He will present his views at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America in Denver, CO, on Monday, Oct. 28. (2002-10-25)

Biologist Provides New Take On Religion
A renowned cell biologist at Washington University in St. Louis has introduced a novel religious orientation -- religious naturalism -- with the publication of (1998-11-10)

Images in Roman mosaics meant to dispel the envious
Driving away bad luck, the evil eye and, in short, envious people -- this was one of the purposes of mosaics in Ancient Rome, according to research coordinated by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, which analyzed rituals and magic practices in these artistic representations. (2014-12-15)

Getting inside the mind of Islam
A Tel Aviv University psychologist is investigating how religion helped the American Muslim community cope with the 9/11 tragedy -- and his study has implications for other religions as well. (2010-12-22)

Suicide is widely deemed immoral because it 'taints the soul,' study shows
People -- even non-religious people -- make the moral judgment that suicide is wrong not because of any specific harm related to the act, but because they believe it taints the purity of a person's soul, according to a report by researchers at Boston College and Boston University, published in the journal Cognition. (2013-12-19)

Study, review and editorial focus on religion, spirituality and medicine
A study that appears in the December issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings outlines the importance of religion and spirituality in medicine with many patients, but notes it is difficult to prove that the result is better health from intercessory prayer -- prayer by one or more people on behalf of another. (2001-12-11)

Nature helps create religious adults
Environmental factors, like attending religious ceremonies with family, affect our religiousness as children, but genes most likely keep us attending and believing as we become adults. (2005-03-14)

Danes frequently confronted by religion
European secular social models are challenged in new ways by religions. Also in Denmark, religion and religious symbols occupy an increasing amount of space in the public sphere, tempting people to relate to religion in a more personal way. Those are the findings of a new report published today by the Centre for European Islamic Thought at the University of Copenhagen. (2012-08-16)

Challenges to traditional interpretations of the figure of Jesus in a post-Christian era
Popular culture plays an important role when young Swedes interpret the figure of Jesus in new ways. This is the conclusion of a new thesis in religious studies from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. (2010-11-15)

Religious beliefs shape health care attitudes among US Muslims
The perceived role of God in illness and recovery is a primary influence upon the health care beliefs and behaviors of American Muslims, a first-of-its-kind study has discovered. (2011-08-12)

University of South Florida stem cell researchers call for research ethics consortium
Two stem cell researchers propose creating an independent national (2010-09-20)

The psychology behind religious belief
Throughout history, scholars and researchers have tried to identify the one key reason that people are attracted to religion. But in a new book, a psychologist who has studied human motivation for more than 20 years suggests there isn't just one. Religion, he says, attracts followers because it satisfies all of the 16 basic desires that humans share. (2015-10-05)

High participation in small church groups has its downside, research shows
Parishioners who participate in small groups within a religious congregation are generally more likely to be civically engaged than their fellow worshipers unless a church has high overall small-group participation, according to research recently released by Clemson and Louisiana State universities. (2015-08-13)

Weekly religious attendance nearly as effective as statins and exercise in extending life
In a study comparing the associations between faith and health, a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) physician has shown that the improvements in life expectancy of those who attend religious services on a weekly basis are comparable to those who participate in regular physical exercise and those who take statin-type medications. The study author cautions that while religious attendance seems beneficial, it is not a substitute for regular medical care. (2006-04-03)

CCNY psychology professor develops new model for collaboration between clergy and clinicians
Many of the clergy who lead America's 260,000 religious congregations turn to psychologists who share their religious values when they refer congregants to social workers. However, this approach could impede people from getting the care they need, maintains Dr. Glen Milstein, professor of psychology at the City College of New York. (2008-06-02)

Tolerant Swedish schools accommodate religiously conservative parents
Swedish teachers are conflict averse, and consequently stubborn parents often get their way. Teaching the emergence of life sometimes is like serving a smorgasbord. Religious creationism is presented alongside the theory of evolution. Students get to decide for themselves what to believe, this is shown by research at the University of Gothenburg. (2011-11-29)

UAB study finds social support key
It is not uncommon for prison inmates to experience religious conversions. Now a new University of Alabama at Birmingham study, out in the April issue of the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, suggests that inmates who have positive social support networks are more likely to maintain their religious conversions. (2009-05-01)

The right to live gives us a right to die
Human beings' inalienable right to life means we also have the right to die, says an editorial in this week's BMJ. (2005-04-07)

Religion helps shape wealth of Americans, study finds
A new national study shows that religious affiliation plays a powerful role in how much wealth Americans accumulate, with Jews amassing the most wealth and conservative Protestants the least. Mainline Protestants and Catholics fall in between and are about average with the rest of the population in terms of overall wealth. Moreover, people who attend religious services regularly build more wealth than those who don't, the study found. (2003-09-16)

How spiritual beliefs relate to cancer patients' physical, mental, and social well-being
Research reveals that most individuals with cancer have religious and spiritual beliefs, or derive comfort from religious and spiritual experiences. But what impact does this have on patients' health? (2015-08-10)

Dover decision is good for long-term economic and scientific strength
The following is a statement from Alan I. Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and executive publisher of the journal Science, in response to the decision by the US District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania in Kitzmiller, et al. v. Dover School District, et al. (2005-12-20)

Religious Grandparents More Involved With Grandchildren, New Study Reveals
Grandparents with strong ties to organized religion develop and maintain stronger relationships with their grandchildren than do grandparents with few or no religious affiliations, a new study shows. (1998-08-25)

Reminding people of their religious belief system reduces hostility: York U research
Research conducted at York University may shed some light on religion's actual influence on believers -- and the news is positive. Researchers hypothesized that being reminded of religious beliefs would normally promote less hostile reactions to the kinds of threats in everyday life that usually heighten hostility. Across nine different experiments with 910 participants, the results consistently supported the hypothesis for Christians, Jews, Muslims and Hindus alike. The religiously reminded were significantly less hostile. (2014-10-15)

Steep rise in 'no religion' preference is forged by politics and demographics
An important aspect of Americans' religious beliefs changed dramatically in the 1990s. The proportion of Americans reporting (2002-05-10)

Survey of Hispanics and alcohol dependence
A large survey conducted by researchers at the University of Texas School of Public Health Dallas Regional Campus, which examined alcohol abuse and dependence among Hispanic male populations in the United States, will be expanded to Mexican males living along the US-Mexico border. The expansion is supported by a $1.5 million grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism of the National Institutes of Health. (2008-07-28)

Capture the flag: 'Darwin fish' may be a new version of a very old game, University of Georgia study proposes
The Scopes Trial on evolution never really ended. It just wound on up the bumpers of cars. A new survey by a University of Georgia researcher on the attitudes of those who stick Darwin fish symbols on their cars shows that while some are merely making fun of religion in general, many want to appropriate a sacred symbol - and wreck it. (1999-09-21)

Field Museum scientists solve riddle of mysterious faces on South Pacific artifacts
Experts have long viewed the faces sometimes sketched by ancient potters on (2006-12-12)

Vampires give Danish teenagers taste for spirituality
Danish teenagers are not looking for answers to life's big questions in established religious institutions. Instead, they engage in intense idolization of American films and TV shows about vampires, angels and other supernatural beings. A new Ph.D. thesis from the University of Copenhagen shows that a series like Twilight for some young Danes replace traditional religion and enhance their interest in spiritual and religious issues. (2012-05-09)

As congregations shrink, half of children with two religious parents reject church
Findings of a new study by Dr David Voas of The University of Manchester, funded by the ESRC, suggest that religious belief is declining faster than attendance at services in the UK, and that parents' beliefs, practices and affiliations have the biggest impact on children. (2005-08-16)

Research Shows Religion Plays A Major Role In Health, Longevity
Being good has its rewards in this life, as well as in the next. Research conducted partly at the University of Colorado at Boulder has found that regular churchgoers live longer than people who seldom or never attend worship services. (1999-05-14)

Attending Religious Services Linked To Better Health
Going to church may be as good for the body as it is for the soul, especially for the elderly. Researchers found that the elderly who attended religious services often were more likely to have significantly improved immune systems based on the levels of five substances in their blood that indicate immune system activity. (1997-10-22)

AAAS hosts June 16 discussion on 'Re-Envisioning the Science and Religion Dialogue'
The American Association for the Advancement of Science will host a Wednesday, June 16, panel discussion on (2010-06-10)

Statement from Dr. Alan I. Leshner, CEO of AAAS, on the Kansas State Board of Education vote
Dr. Alan I. Leshner, CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and executive publisher of the journal Science, issued a statement today regarding the 8 November 2005 vote by the Kansas State Board of Education. (2005-11-09)

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