Even Americans who identify with a specific religion aren’t necessarily choosing to join a church, synagogue or mosque.
One of the most significant lessons I learned growing up in a Christian household was that no matter what I do, God is looking out for me.
Gohmert asked "if you could decide what 40 people you put on the spacecraft that would save humanity, how many of those would be same-sex couples?" Less than a year after he made those remarks, a plan was hatched to send exactly 40 gay people into space to put his hypothesis to the test.
I would ask whether our organized religions have become so organized as to have ceased being the compassionate and nurturing places for those who need and seek them.
Since religious people are in the business of hope, some believers like myself think this decline might just be the best thing that ever happened to organized religion. Though painful and confusing, the time we are entering offers opportunities for renewal.
"It was absolutely devastating," former Hasidic Jew Shulem Deen said.
In an era of rapidly declining church membership and religious affiliation in America, Hayward has founded an online community to provide interaction and resources for people in search of 'spiritual independence.'
While some say only one religion leads to God, and others might say all religions lead to God, I would say the opposite: That no religion leads to God.
The longer I live, the more convinced I become that there is a religious experience which, if you have yet to figure this out, goes by many names.
With all the news about intolerance and extremism, we forget that religion often represents the opposite.
Faith is not about either control or distinction. Instead, it is about release, the turning loose of all attachments.