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When Data Go Bad
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Democrats: Losing their Religion
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Is Massive Job Creation Likely?
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The Closing Gender Gap in Infidelity
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Green is Go(o)d
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Reds and Blues on Cohabitation and Marriage
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On Hitchens, Apologetics, and the Strangeness of Christianity
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The Evangelical 99 Percent
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CCM: Contemporary Catholic Music?
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The Last American Sin
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Does God Use Natural Disasters to Guide American...
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Whatever Happened to "Unequally Yoked"?
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Beauty and the Beast
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Here's to Bad Divorces?
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Shifting evangelical ideas about sex
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Bill Nye, the “not-so-science” Guy
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What I like About the Benedict Option
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Why I am Supporting the American Solidarity Party...
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The Eric Walsh Test
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As part of an upcoming webinar on Critical Realism and Sociological Research...
Critical Realism and Sociological Research Methods Webinar April...
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Seeking the Sacred?
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Teaching Sociology at Princeton Theological Seminary
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Christianophobia and Racism - The Similarities
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Christianophobia and Racism - The Differences
I find myself in a very unique position. I have done quite...
Why Does American Sociology Need Critical Realism?
In this brief video interview, Professor Douglas Porpora explains how he became...
Want to fight Islamophobia? Deal with Christianophobia.
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American and Chinese ways of mourning
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Virtue and Vulnerability
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Are Non- Religious Children Really More Altruistic?
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A Critique of the Religion and Generosity Study
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Is our Religious Freedom Connected to whether we...
I have caught a certain amount of grief arguing that some individuals...
Want to Live Longer? Go to Church
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A Policy Change
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Christians have not taken over Sociology of Religion
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What Liberty University can teach Elite Colleges and...
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Is Forgiveness a Secular Value?
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Okay I know this is a bit on the lazy side. But...
Myths of Christianophobia Part 4 - Christians Deserve...
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Christian Divorce Rates
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Myths of Christianophobia Part 3 – It is...
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Myths of Christianophobia Part 2 – It is...
This is my second post dealing with the myths surrounding Christianophobia. In...
Myths of Christianophobia Part 1 - It does...
This post will start a series concerning the topic I have been...
The Silencing of the Christians
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I am a fortunate man to be married to a woman with...
Racism, Not Christianophobia
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Does President Obama Hate Conservative Christians?
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Dogma is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a belief or set of beliefs...
It is time to Retire the Term "Bible-Thumper"
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Confirmation Bias: Everybody's Problem
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One Step Forward, but Now What?
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