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?
On Sunday, the Super Bowl will become a platform for LGBT rights. Meanwhile, religious television channels will offer alternatives to the halftime show, which may or may not feature a reunited Destiny’s Child.
A Catholic college in Canada offered a course on atheism, and the response has been overwhelming.
Evangelical churches and leaders are struggling to find the right balance on gay issues, as public opinion on the issue shifts.
Why does the Obama administration love its petition site so much?
Law school applications are dropping dramatically, and Jordan Weissman says this is a very good thing.