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?
This project seems destined to colonize Mars with the descendants of misanthropes.
Are young evangelicals sick of being culture warriors? In our recent survey, younger white evangelical Protestant Millennials were considerably less likely than their peers to favor same-sex marriage or believe that abortion should be legal.
As the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade approaches, are the “pro-life” and “pro-choice” labels still useful?
Rev. Louie Giglio, the evangelical pastor who had agreed to give the benediction at President Obama’s second inauguration, bowed out of his duties yesterday after anti-gay sermons he preached two decades ago surfaced online. There are religious groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate, but nearly three-quarters (73%) of white evangelical Protestants oppose gay marriage.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo may be staking out a place in the 2016 presidential race with aggressive advocacy for gun control. More than 7-in-10 (72%) Democrats favor passing stricter gun control laws.
What do Muslims think about evolution?
If your iPhone confuses you now, think about what it would be likely to experience modern technology after spending 25 years in jail.