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?
After downing a box or three, be sure to watch your step or you may disappear into one of the world’s largest sinkholes.
Dan Merica’s latest piece for CNN examines a new study that finds atheists can be broken down into six distinct groups (none of which could successfully put forward a candidate for the presidency). In 2012, we identified three different subgroups among the religiously unaffiliated: unattached believers, seculars and atheist/agnostics.
Numbers from a new Pew survey show black Americans were more than twice as likely as white Americans to say they followed the trial of George Zimmerman very closely. Zimmerman, who was acquitted Saturday, successfully used Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground law in his defense.
Could a professional office operate in today’s world without e-mail, the Internet or employee cell phones? Ask the Commerce Department, which spent millions destroying and replacing its 21st-century technology after a big scare from a small (and easily eliminated) computer virus.
Think you are safe from big data when you shop at brick and mortar stores? Think again.