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  • Study: Most Americans say assisted suicide morally OK

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, December 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The American Medical Association has described physician-assisted suicide as a serious risk to society and "fundamentally incompatible with a physician's role as healer." But Millions of Americans disagree, according to a new study released Tuesday (Dec. 6) by LifeWay Research.

    Two-thirds say it is morally acceptable for terminally ill patients to ask their doctors for help in ending their lives, according to a new survey from Nashville-based LifeWay Research. A similar number says doctors should be able to help terminally ill patients die. Read More

  • Church compensation survey deadline May 31

    by Roy Hayhurst , posted Monday, January 04, 2016 (2 years ago)

    DALLAS (BP) -- The biennial SBC Church Compensation Survey in 2016 has been launched by GuideStone Financial Resources, along with LifeWay Research and Baptist state conventions.

    Southern Baptist ministers and church employees are invited to participate in the survey, a resource used by churches of all sizes to determine fair wages and benefits. Church ministers and staff have until May 31 to complete the online survey.

    Survey participants will have the opportunity to enter for a chance to win an iPad. ... Read More

  • Religious freedom addressed in survey

    by Lisa Cannon Green, posted Wednesday, July 29, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Americans believe firmly in religious freedom but think atheists are more welcome than Muslims in the United States, Nashville-based LifeWay Research finds.

    More than 90 percent say people should be free to choose and practice religious beliefs. Nearly 7 in 10 call America a nation of many religions.

    Yet Americans acknowledge the nation embraces Christians and Jews more heartily than atheists or Muslims. While 92 percent agree America is a welcoming place for Christians and 87 percent agree for Jews, the number drops to 67 percent for atheists. LifeWay released the study Wednesday (July 29), based on a survey taken last fall. Read More

  • Study: Americans wary of punishing student religious groups

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, May 05, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- While disputes over who can lead student religious groups continue to be debated, few Americans appear to want groups punished for requiring their leaders to hold specific beliefs or practices, a LifeWay Research study shows.

    A new study from the Nashville-based research group finds mixed opinions about whether student religious groups should be allowed to mandate leaders' beliefs or, because of their religious beliefs, restrict LGBT members from leadership roles. Yet nearly 7 in 10 say colleges should not withhold funding or meeting space from such organizations. Read More

  • Survey: Americans see value in church attendance

    by Lisa Green, posted Monday, March 30, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The overwhelming majority of Americans say they find value in attending church, a new LifeWay Research study shows.

    Two-thirds of Americans think attendance is admirable; only 11 percent consider church useless.

    Even among nonreligious people, 80 percent believe church attendance is acceptable, and 43 percent label it admirable. Just 29 percent call it useless. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Boost up for follow-up

    by Diana Davis, posted Wednesday, March 18, 2015 (3 years ago)

    Newcomers want relationships, Diana Davis writes, relaying ideas for follow-up with first-time guests. "Newcomers want to hear what you love about your church. They desire relationships," she notes. "And relationships provide evangelistic opportunities." Read More

  • Survey: 1 in 3 Americans worry about Sharia law

    by Bob Smietana, posted Wednesday, February 11, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- As President Obama seeks to ramp up military action against the terrorist group known as ISIS, Americans remain uneasy over the place of Islam in the United States and in the world, a LifeWay Research survey shows.

    More than a third (37 percent) say they are worried about Sharia law -- an Islamic legal and moral code -- being applied in America. Read More

  • Sunday morning still segregated, study shows

    by Bob Smietana, posted Thursday, January 15, 2015 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Sunday morning remains one of the most segregated hours in American life, with more than 8 in 10 congregations made up of one predominant racial group, a LifeWay Research study shows.

    And most worshipers, according to the study, seem to like it that way. Two-thirds of American churchgoers (67 percent) say their church has done enough to become racially diverse. Read More

  • Census Bureau: 4 family questions in the balance

    by Trey Dimsdale, posted Tuesday, December 23, 2014 (3 years ago)

    FORT WORTH, Texas (BP) -- Beginning in 1940, select households began receiving the American Community Survey, or ACS. This is the census "long form" with more detailed questions about Americans, their households and their socio-economic circumstances.

    Included on this form are four simple questions related to marriage. Questions 20-23 ask respondents to indicate marital status and marital history in very generic terms. There is no invasion of privacy or prying in these questions. This year, the Census Bureau has suggested the deletion of these questions, an omission that has the potential to hurt families. Read More

  • Survey: Race relations better, long way to go

    by Bob Smietana, posted Tuesday, December 16, 2014 (3 years ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Race relations in America are better than they used to be. And most Americans see diversity as a good thing, a new LifeWay Research study shows.

    But there's still a long way to go, according to two new surveys from Nashville-based LifeWay Research.

    Researchers asked 1,000 Americans and 1,000 Protestant pastors about their views on race relations. They found many Americans have mixed feelings about the state of racial diversity in the United States. Read More