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?
We all know staying hydrated is key to keeping healthy, but one new study shows the negative effects drinking from water bottles may have on your face.
Over at CNN, Sima Shelbayah pens an interesting piece on the moral dilemma some Muslims face in deciding whether to fast during Ramadan.
As the U.S. military mulls whether to accept its first humanist chaplain, some debate the merits of having a nonreligious chaplain to minister to the 13,000 servicemen and women who are religiously unaffiliated. Less than one-third of Americans say they would be comfortable with someone who does not believe in God serving as president.
Recent discussions about Millennials have explored why they are leaving church (see here, and here), but religious groups are not the only ones having trouble attracting this generation — American nudists say they’re also having a tough time recruiting younger people as their members age.
What happens when an American football coach heads across the pond to take charge of one Britain’s premiere soccer clubs? Watch and find out.