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?
Have you ever wondered if the Internet is corrupting your soul? One man did, so he decided to unplug for a year. The result: he slept a lot, used paper maps, and “fell out of sync with the flow of life.”
Meanwhile, back in the world of omnipresent technology, why aren’t smartphones making us more productive?
How generational differences are dividing Christians in the pews on issues like marijuana.
Church leaders are beginning to tackle the stigma of mental illness.
New research finds that social networks (or, to put it more bluntly, favoritism) is helping drive unemployment among African Americans.
Here are the places where working families are struggling the most to pay their rent. (Or, in other words: Miami is expensive!)
This is pretty neat, but wouldn’t you think it would cause a 173-year-long headache for Oxford students and professors in the vicinity?