Mark A. Smith is professor of Political Science and an adjunct professor of Comparative Religion and Communication at the University of Washington. His research focuses on economic and religious groups, ideas, and influences in American politics. In his new book, Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics, Dr. Smith argues that religion is not nearly the unchanging conservative influence in American politics that we have come to think it is and is best understood as responding to changing political and cultural values rather than shaping them.
Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers?
If only we could all look so joyful during a shopping trip to Costco.
Catholics now report the lowest proportion of “strongly affiliated” followers among major religious traditions in America, according to sociologist Philip Schwadel, while evangelical Protestant devotion is growing stronger. Earlier this year, we found that although nearly one-third (31%) of Americans report that they were raised Catholic, only 22% currently identify that way.
Earlier this week, new Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer laid out her priorities, saying, “For me, it’s God, family, and Yahoo, in that order.” Which other CEOs say they place God at the top of their list?
At the Atlantic, Sarah Posner offers a fascinating portrait of a small group of Christ-following Jews who have allied with American evangelicals to spread belief in Jesus within Israel.
Charitable giving was up in 2011, but some experts say that the combination of Hurricane Sandy, the election, and the fiscal cliff may dampen Americans’ willingness to donate this year.
A new report shows that the U.S. birthrate has plummeted to the lowest level since the beginning of the Great Depression.
According to the Obama campaign’s data gurus, Obama supporters were more likely to donate if the emails they received were ugly, or contained profanity. 2016 hopefuls, take note.