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?¬†
Because today’s man needs a reminder to wash his hands, I give you the¬†sink-urinal.
Google Glass, the futuristic new product that allows you to capture video effortlessly and¬†stealthily, is re-igniting the conversation about privacy in America.
As more American churches embrace modern praise songs, songwriters Keith and Kristyn Getty say they’re working to make sure the important messages found in traditional hymns aren’t left behind.
Religion News Service reports that opponents of the Boy Scouts’ decision to admit gay scouts¬†will launch another scouting organization¬†that is focused more on “sexual purity”.
Did Florida really ban smartphones and computers? Well, not exactly, but vague wording on a law intended to ban gambling at Internet cafes is leaving many wondering about the new set of rules.
Speaking of gambling, a New York nun will be spending the next 90 days behind bars for embezzling nearly $130,000 from two parishes to pay for her gambling habit. As the 68-year-old nun took a vow of poverty and thus has no means to pay back the money, her order has offered to pay $10,000 each year of her probation to return the funds. Talk about sisterhood!