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.
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Russia’s government officials say tourists and foreign athletes traveling to the country for the 2014 Olympic Games who advocate a “nontraditional sexual orientation” will face criminal charges. Only 16 percent of Russians say homosexuality should be accepted by society, as compared to 67 percent of Americans who say society should accept gay and lesbian relationships.
E.J. Dionne, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-author of the PRRI-Brookings Economic Values Survey, discusses what the survey’s findings may mean for the future of the American political and religious landscapes in his latest op-ed for The Washington Post.
Do you treat your body like a temple? A new Gallup poll shows a link between church attendance and smoking, as those who go to church most often are less likely to smoke than those who attend less often or never.
A new study shows conservative Christians are more likely to say they’ve been lied to, treated rudely and the target of rumors or gossip at work. Interestingly, that group is also more likely to say they’re very satisfied with their job.