For Creekers who are not familiar with the Pew Research Center, I have included some details about them below. Pew has been around for quite a while and for those with serious faith interests it is good to be familiar with the work it has done and is doing.
The article Arab Spring adds to global restrictions on religion is most informative and certainly widens our horizons on world affairs and, in particular, their impact on people of faith.
The Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project, launched in 2001 as the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs.
The project conducts surveys, demographic studies and other social science research to examine a wide range of issues concerning religion and society in the United States and around the world – from shifting religious composition to the influence of religion on politics to the extent of government and social restrictions on religion.
The project also covers a range of issues that often have a religious component – from abortion and gay marriage to stem cell research and church-state controversies.
The Religion & Public Life Project is directed by Luis Lugo and is part of the Pew Research Center, a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. The centre conducts public opinion polling, demographic studies, media content analysis and other empirical social science research. Pew Research does not take positions on any of the issues it covers or on policy debates.