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Through its five divisions, The Barna Group provides primary research (The Barna Research Group); communications tools (BarnaFilms); printed resources (BarnaBooks); leadership development for young people (The Josiah Corps); and church facilitation and enhancement (Transformation Church Network). The ultimate aim of the firm is to partner with Christian ministries and individuals to be a catalyst in moral and spiritual transformation in the United States.
– Source: About The Barna Group, Ltd.
The Barna Group. Last accessed, Jan. 16, 2007
The Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, launched in 2001, seeks to promote a deeper understanding of issues at the intersection of religion and public affairs.
The Forum pursues its mission by delivering timely, impartial information to national opinion leaders, including government officials and journalists. As a nonpartisan, non-advocacy organization, the Forum does not take positions on policy debates.
The Forum functions as both a clearinghouse and a town hall. As a clearinghouse, it gathers and disseminates objective information through polls and reports. As a town hall, it provides a neutral venue through its various issue roundtables and briefings for discussions of important issues where religion and domestic and international politics intersect.
The Forum focuses on four key areas of research:
Religion and Politics
The Forum’s polling, publications and events focus on the influence of religion and religious organizations on political behavior, including voting and campaigns.
Religion and the Law
The Forum analyzes church-state controversies such as recent Supreme Court battles over the Ten Commandments, the Pledge of Allegiance and school vouchers.
Religion and Domestic Policy
The Forum examines a wide range of policy debates – from abortion and gay marriage to stem cell research and faith-based initiatives.
Religion and World Affairs
The Forum explores the integral role religion plays in world affairs, with a particular focus on religion’s impact on U.S. foreign policy.
– Source: About The Forum
Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life. Last accessed, Jan. 16, 2007