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Sep 15, 2022

515. When You Pray to God Online, Who Else Is Listening?

The pandemic moved a lot of religious activity onto the internet. With faith-based apps, Silicon Valley is turning virtual prayers into earthly rewards. Does this ...  mean sharing user data? Dear God, let’s hope not …
BuzzFeed News

Nothing Sacred: These Apps Reserve The Right To Sell Your Prayers

2016 was the worst year of Katie's life. Just after New Year's Day, her 24-year-old son went missing. Seven weeks later, police recovered his body from the river that snakes through her town. For months, to get to work, Katie had to drive across the bridge near where his body was found.

As Europe Approves New Tech Laws, the U.S. Falls Further Behind

News Analysis Federal privacy bills, security legislation and antitrust laws to address the power of the tech giants have all failed to advance in Congress, despite hand wringing and shows of bipartisan support.

Industry Market Research, Reports, and Statistics

What is the market size of the Religious Organizations industry in the US? IBISWorld's statistic shows that as of 2022 the market size of the Religious Organizations industry is $146.5bn an increase of 0.72% from 2021.

How Many Americans Believe in God?

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The answer to how many Americans believe in God depends on how the question is asked. Gallup has measured U.S. adults' belief in God three different ways in recent years, with varying results. And those variations have persisted, even as belief on all three has trended downward since the early 2000s.

Jeanet Bentzen

Jeanet Bentzen's research focuses on economic approaches to decision-making and culture, and includes topics related to religion, institutions, economic growth, economic history, and geographic confounders.

In crisis, we pray: Religiosity and the COVID-19 pandemic

In times of crisis, humans have a tendency to turn to religion for comfort and explanation. The COVID-19 pandemic is no exception. Using daily and wee...

Faith-Based Apps Attract $175.3 Million As Worshipers Desert Churches

As Covid lockdowns closed churches, venture capital funding for religious, primarily Christian, apps have increased from $6.1 million in 2016 to $48.5 million in 2020 and $175.3 million in 2021, according to market research firm PitchBook Data.

U.S. Church Membership Falls Below Majority for First Time

In 2020, 47% of U.S. adults belonged to a church, synagogue or mosque Down more than 20 points from turn of the century Change primarily due to rise in Americans with no religious preference.
Times of Malta

St Paul's voyage and shipwreck: the ship and its wise captain

This week in our churches we will be celebrating the feast of St Paul's shipwreck. As usual, the Mass readings will be chapters 27 and 28 of the Acts of the Apostles. Chapter 27 is all about the voyage and shipwreck, and many researchers refer to this chapter to better understand ancient...
Pew Research Center's Religion & Public Life Project

The Global Religious Landscape

A country-by-country analysis of data from more than 2,500 censuses, surveys and population registers finds that 84% of adults and children around the globe are religiously affiliated.
UW News

Documents that Changed the World: Gutenberg indulgence, 1454

Joe Janes goes back to the fifteenth century and the work of Johannes Gutenberg for the latest installment in his series of podcasts, Documents that Changed the World. In the series, Janes, professor in the UW Information School, explores the origin and often evolving meaning of historical documents both famous and less known.

Is spirituality a critical ingredient of meditation? Comparing the effects of spiritual meditation, secular meditation, and relaxation on spiritual, psychological, cardiac, and pain outcomes

This study compared secular and spiritual forms of meditation to assess the benefits of a spiritual intervention. Participants were taught a meditation or relaxation technique to practice for 20 min a day for two weeks. After two weeks, participants returned to the lab, practiced their technique for ...

Laurence Iannaccone

Dr. Laurence R. Iannaccone is a Professor of Economics and Director of IRES. He is also the President of the Association for the Study of Religion, Economics, and Culture (ASREC).

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