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November 09, 2015
Less religion, but more commitment?
The latest Religious Landscape study from Pew Research, last conducted in 2007, shows a drop...
October 27, 2015
The three types of secularism
I stumbled upon this article from seven years ago--another one by the great sociologist of...
October 19, 2015
From “God is dead” to “too many gods”
Peter Berger, a Lutheran in the ELCA, is an important sociologist of religion. Back in...
October 09, 2015
The numinous in religious experience
A couple of years ago, I blogged about the Numinous, that sense of uncanny awe...
October 06, 2015
What Christians and atheists have in common
In the ancient Greco-Roman persecutions, Christians were put to death on the grounds of atheism;...
October 02, 2015
A good source for news and commentary on the world of religion is RealClearReligion. Posts...
September 29, 2015
There are still Samaritans
Did you know that there are still Samaritans, that despised off-shoot of Judaism that Jesus...
September 21, 2015
Mercury is in retrograde!
Until October 9, an optical illusion due to the rotation of the Earth will make...
September 15, 2015
The Mormon apocalypse may have started this week
Many Mormons think September 13 was the beginning of the apocalypse, which may really break...
September 03, 2015
Government speech, individual speech, & public religion
A came across an unusually lucid discussion of the legal issues that loom behind some...
May 21, 2015
Half of atheists’ children fall away into belief
Christians often worry about their children falling away from the church. Atheists have the same...
May 18, 2015
How a contemporary sees contemporary worship
Robert Burns prayed for the power "To see ourselves as others see us!" (To a ...
May 14, 2015
New study shows percentage of Christians declining
The Pew Research Center has released a new study of American religion. In 2007, the...
May 12, 2015
Converting from secularism to ISIS
Europeans and Americans are pouring into Syria, Iraq, and other countries to join ISIS, where...
May 06, 2015
Being Christian without believing in God
In Judaism, it's fairly common to hear, "I'm an atheist, but I'm culturally Jewish." So...
April 20, 2015
Environmentalism as a fundamentalist religion
We have blogged about the National Association of Scholars' study Sustaintability: Higher Education's New Fundamentalism. ...
April 14, 2015
Why the percentage of the non-religious is declining
We blogged about the Pew study of global religious affiliation, which included the rather surprising...
April 13, 2015
The fastest growing religion
A new Pew study of trends in world religions says that Islam is the world's...
April 10, 2015
What Is Religious Freedom, anyway?
Think-tanker Joseph Backholm cites some of the absurdities and posturing in the controversy over the...
March 31, 2015
A scholarly study of anti-Christian bigotry
Sociologist George Yancey has conducted a study of people who are bigoted against Christianity. He...
March 20, 2015
The unchurched and non-religious still pray
Church attendance and other marks of religious observance are in decline, but a new study...
March 16, 2015
Not secularism but pluralism
Several decades ago, sociologists were writing about how modernization was accompanied by the rise of...
March 11, 2015
Liberal and Illiberal Atheists
The London Guardian has published a fascinating in-depth article about atheism, its history and its...
March 09, 2015
The worst book ever written about Jesus?
Gonzo archaeologist Simcha Jacobovici has published a new book: The Lost Gospel: Decoding the Ancient...
February 20, 2015
Magic, science, & religion
Charles Lane discusses the big dietary reversal on cholesterol, in the course of which he...
February 12, 2015
If religious liberty is THE political issue for Christians. . .
My post on Russell Moore's contention that religious liberty needs to be THE political issue...
February 11, 2015
The Candomblé religion
The Washington Post has an interesting article about Candomblé, the Afro-Brazilian animistic religion. Read about...
February 10, 2015
How (Not) to be Secular
I was one of the many judges of the Christianity Today Book Awards, charged with...
February 06, 2015
Is Christianity morally equivalent to radical Islam?
At the National Prayer Breakfast, President Obama asserted the moral equivalence of Christianity and radical...
February 03, 2015
Iceland builds temple to the Norse gods
In the once firmly Lutheran nation of Iceland, some residents are erecting a temple to...
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