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Want to Live Longer? Go to Church
When I was growing up, I was a kid. My friends were...
If Physicians Acted Like Sociologists (or, Why We’re...
Imagine a physician seeing a patient who has been diagnosed with cancer....
Marti and Ganiel's The Deconstructed Church: Understanding Emerging...
The Emerging Church Movement (ECM) is making a big splash in American...
How Christians Vary in their Awareness of God
The SoulPulse study has taken two years and a bunch of money...
Data and Spirituality
I've been thinking lately about the interface between data and spirituality, and...
Denominational Change in American Protestantism since 1972
One of the more robust trends in American Christianity--at least its Protestant...
Are We Losing the Young? Evangelicals by Age...
In my last post, I looked at the relationship between age and...
Are We Losing the Young? Evangelicals by Age...
One of the loudest fear messages that we hear in American Evangelical...
How Many Americans are Evangelical Christians? Born-Again Christians?
(Part 2 in a series on Evangelical Christianity in America) In my...
What, Exactly, Is Evangelical Christianity?
(Part 1 in a series on Evangelical Christianity in America) There is...
Trends in the Religious Unaffiliated, the "Nones," by...
Last week I posted a figure showing the rise of the religiously...
The Rise of the Unaffiliated--The Religious Nones
One of the big changes in American religion over the past several...
Does Christianity, Like Not Eating a Marshmallow, Make...
A longstanding theme in the sociology of religion is how religious beliefs...
The Power of a Simple Plan, But Should...
In the 1990s, a sociology psychologist named Peter Gollwitzer conducted a fabulously...
The Difficulties of Racially-Integrated Churches
I have been reading the sociological literature on race and religion, especially...
Do Students Remember Anything They Learn in Class?...
In preparing for another semester, I am struck yet again by how...
Should Parents Force Their Children to Attend Church?
In preparing my classes for this coming semester, I reviewed one of...
Can money buy happiness?
Apparently yes, if it is spent correctly. I wonder if this makes...
How do we know if people are flourishing?
As Margarita Mooney so ably put forth in a previous post, Sociology...
Theory of Self Determination and Christianity
One of the joys of being an academic is reading in a...
Mastery Goals and Working Out Our Salvation
Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals is a wonderfully interesting book...
What is "Positive" Sociology?
Last week, Margarita has a very interesting post about positive psychology and...
Map of Religious Diversity in America
Yet another interesting map from the Association of Statisticians of American Religious...
Why we overestimate the prevalence of abusive priests,...
Cognitive heuristics are mental shortcuts--rules of thumbs--that we use to make judgments...
More thoughts on homophily and faith
After writing about religion and social homophily (i.e., like people grouping together),...
Social Similarity & Faith
I've been thinking a lot about social similarity lately, and maybe you...
Update on the Regnerus situation
Here's an update on the brouhaha over Mark Regnerus' study. As it should have,...
The Case of Mark Regnerus: An Academic Auto-da-Fé
Here's an insightful op-ed piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education by...
Map of religion in the United States
Here's an interesting map that shows the largest religious groups for each...
In Appreciation of Mark Regnerus
In academics there are a handful of political and cultural issues for...
Do We Do What is Important in Life?
At some point in my life, maybe last Tuesday, I realized that...
The Opportunity Cost of Cannibalism, A Reflection on...
For reasons that I don’t fully understand, I seem to be getting...
Ritual and Routine in Everyday Life & Faith
Over the weekend I did my laundry, as is my custom, and...
The Religious Non-Christian Diaspora
In my continuing research over Asian American diversity, one of the recurring...
Religious Affiliation and the Frequency of Orgasms
A apropos of nothing, here are some data about religion and sex. They come...
Self-Selection into Situations and Church
In the past few years, I've started to notice just how often...
Gender and Christianity: Why Do Women Pray More?
Here's a very interesting article by Stanford anthropologist, Tanya Luhrmann, about gender and...
Worship and Place: Church Meeting in a Bar
Earlier this week I attended what a church calls their "Theology on...
Research on Religion Podcast turns 100
The Research on Religion Podcast turns 100 (episodes) this week. If you...
Map of US Religious Affiliation by County
This is one of my favorite maps of religion. It was produced...
The Changing Understanding of Evangelical Conversion
There's a great article in Christianity Today about the changing nature of...
Five Questions to Describe a Christian
I'm just starting a very exciting research project in which we're looking...
Who Experiences God's Presence and How Often?
Who experiences God's presence the most often? It turns out that the...
Religious Prejudice in Sociology Gets Slammed
In academia, in general, and sociology, in particular, we constantly hear derogatory,...
The Social Construction of Christian Leaders as Hypocrites
Several years, ABC's newshow, 20/20, ran a story about a Southern California pastor,...
Are University Professors Prejudiced against Evangelical Christians?
Here are some rather disturbing data from a study university professors in...
Why Do We Go to Church?
Our own Richard Flory recently appeared on the illustrious Research on Religion...
How Best to Help the World's Poor?
What is the most cost-effective means of helping the World's poor? Economist...
Christianity and Attributions
I’m just finishing Martin Seligman’s fascinating book Learned Optimism. Seligman, a psychologist...
Religious Affiliation in the United States by State...
One of the joys of studying religion is how much high-quality data...
A World without Grace? This is What It...
What would it look like if the world ran without any grace...
Just How Overweight are Americans?
Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church, has made it his mission to...
John Frum and Jesus
February 15th will be John Frum day, a high holiday in one of...
Finding God Through Evolution
Did you know that two people independently arrived at the basic assumptions...
A Humorous, Insightful Taxonomy of Sin
We've heard of the seven deadly sins, of course, but if we...
If People Leave the Faith, When Do They...
I have recently undertaken a study of Christian deconversion--why do people leave...
How Many Americans are Atheists? Fewer than You...
There is confusion in popular discussion about how many Americans are atheists....
A Problem with Today’s Widespread Celebrity Culture
A defining feature of life today is we have a lot of...
Where We Find the Most Bad Statistics
It's my impression that the greater the social significance of a topic,...
My Faulty Moral Standards (Which I’d Like to...
I’ve been thinking about personal standards lately, and one of the people...
Why I'd Rather Do Research than Publish
For whatever reason I get stuck at the same point with many...
Bowling alone... by preference
One of my favorite jokes goes like this: Two economists are looking...
Two Trends Worth Watching in 2012
The modal image of Christianity in America is face-to-face meetings predominately attended...
Which Churches are Growing? FACTS on Growth 2010
Faith Communities Today, a program out of the Hartford Institute for Religion...
Emotions in Church
I would like to pose some questions about emotions in church. What...
A Social Network Map of the New Testament
It's either really cool or social statistics run amok (or both), but...
Christianity Worldwide, then (1910) and now (map)
Okay, this maybe the coolest map I've seen of the spread of...
The Worldwide Reach of Christianity: Pew Center Report
Over the past several years, the Pew Center on Religion and Public...
Sociological rules of Christmas gift giving
Sociologists will an analyze anything people do, no matter how taken-for-granted the...
Christianity and Islam throughout the World (map)
Here's one of my favorite maps. It shows the percentage of Christianity...
Study: Atheists distrusted as much as rapists. QRS...
Here's a provocative study, conducted by psychologists, that concludes that Americans distrust...
Religiosity worldwide (map)
People often talk about how religious a country the United States is,...
Why Do Christians Leave the Faith? The Relative...
Part 4 in a series on deconversion. Going into this study of...
A Story of Turning the Other Cheek
A problem with moral standards, whether rooted in Christianity or otherwise, is...
Why Do Christians Leave the Faith? The Problem...
Part 3 in a series on deconversion Does Christians’ bad behavior cause...
Are Atheists More Generous? QRS #1
For various reasons, public discussion of religion tends to attract (and create)...
Why Do Christians Leave the Faith? Breaking-up with...
Part 2 in a series on deconversion. In a study of religious...
Why Do Christians Leave the Faith? The Fundamental...
Part 1 in a series on deconversion. Several colleagues and I recently...
The Surprising Consequences of the Catholic Sex Abuse...
It's no surprise to think that the Catholic sex abuse scandal has...
Interview on 100 Huntley Street
100 Huntley Street is one of Canada's top religious programs, and here's...
Does God Use Natural Disasters to Guide American...
In recent weeks, I have written about my discomfort with people aligning...
Why pastors should plagiarize in their sermons
I've been thinking about the differences between classroom teaching and pulpit preaching....
Religious affiliation in the United States since 1910:...
On Thursday, I referenced the dramatic decline in Mainline Protestantism over the...
Did the Religious Right Lose 10 Million Christians?
In the 1990s, a seismic shift occurred in religious America. During that...
5,000 years of religion in 90 seconds
I'm a sucker for maps, and this is one of my favorites....
Why It’s Difficult to Derive Political Affiliation from...
With presidential elections coming up, we’ll hear a lot more about every...
St. Thomas Aquinas' Prayer for Scholars
Ineffable Creator, You who are the true source of life and wisdom...
A Christian Economist's Response to Occupy Wall Street
The Occupy Wall Street protest has dominated the news over the past...
Is Mormonism a Cult? Not Now (But It...
With Mitt Romney making a run for a presidency, people are thinking...
Steven Colbert on Christian love, deservingness, and politics
As a follow-up to my post last week on Christian love and...
Research on religion podcasts
Do you know about Research on Religion podcasts? If not, you should....
The Ring Makes All the Difference, by Glenn...
Here's an interview in Christianity Today with Glenn Stanton on his book...
Christian love and deservingness
As I understand the Bible, we're supposed to love others unconditionally. I...
More God, Less Crime... the website
In support of his new book, More God Less Crime, Byron Johnson,...
Bill Nye, the “not-so-science” Guy
When Bill Nye became the co-chair of the March for Science it...
What I like About the Benedict Option
The long awaited book “The Benedict Option” book is finally out and...
Why I am Supporting the American Solidarity Party...
To say that this has been a difficult political year for most...
Using Critical Realism to Teach the Fundamentals of...
This is the fourth blog in a series of posts about Critical...
The Eric Walsh Test
As I have stated in an earlier post, I will from time...
Incorporating Critical Realism into Research Methods Classes
This is the third of three blogs in which I list 23 readings...
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