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?
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The 54 percent of Americans who believe that women are naturally better suited to raise children may be surprised by this new study, which shows male rodents as being capable of nurturing in the same way as females after spending time with their young.
Melissa Deckman, PRRI affiliated scholar, offers interesting insight on the role of religion in the public school system 50 years after the U.S. Supreme Court banned school prayer.
Which year was the best for the Beatles? One expert offers an unexpected answer.
Most of us would be thrilled to be alive and in good health at the age of 91. Not Sy Perlis, who just set an impressive and surprising new world record.