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?
Don’t worry, you can still tweet after you’re dead (kind of). I know you were concerned.
Fans of large sodas, rejoice: a judge invalidated Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s ban on large, sugary drinks, saying the regulations are “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences.”
Will President Obama’s stances on issues like gun control and gay marriage hurt congressional Democrats in tough 2014 races?
More evangelical Christian parents are asking for mainstream science in their homeschool curricula. This is somewhat surprising, given that nearly two-thirds (63%) of white evangelical Protestants agree that humans have existed in present form since creation.
Which countries email each other? And why?
Let’s be honest: this is for people who want to eat cake on a treadmill.