Crisis in Syria, A Sign of the End Times?

The Biblical book of Isaiah has been in the news, thanks to a verse that’s leading some evangelical Christians to believe that the escalating violence in Syria is a sign of the end times. Syria and its cities are mentioned in the Bible several times, most notably the city of Damascus, where the apostle Paul converted to Christianity. Isaiah 17:1 reads, “Damascus will no longer be a city, but will... more … [Read more...]

Laura Olson: How Will Millennials and Shifting Demographics Affect America’s Religious Culture?

Laura Olson, Clemson University political science professor and editor-in-chief of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, offered an interesting analysis of how Millennials are reshaping America’s demographic and religious landscape as part of a panel discussion on the 2013 Economic Values Survey, released at the Brookings Institution. “They are less white than previous generations [and] they are less religious than previous generations,” Olson said. She added that the... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Pro-Life Activists Dub Albuquerque “America’s Auschwitz”

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? What could the size of your biceps possibly have to do with your political preferences? Foreign Policy has the answer, as well as insight into some other surprising predictors of voting behavior. (Thanks to Phil for sending this in!) As... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Court Considers Granting Attorney’s License to Undocumented Immigrant

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? Think your morning commute was quick? Check out this video of one driver’s (incredibly illegal) 24-minute lap of Manhattan, which sets an unofficial new record for fastest time around the 26.5-mile loop. Our Ohio Values Survey is already garnering significant media... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Does “Under God” Discriminate Against Atheists?

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? Guess who’s heading to Pyongyang with plans to “bridge the gap” between America and North Korea: bet you didn’t pick Dennis Rodman, did you? The Worm is inching across the Pacific to hang with his buddy Kim Jong-un after the... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Cowboy Churches: Not Just for Texans Anymore

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? A new Washington Post poll finds 12 percent of Washington D.C.-area drivers admit feeling road rage often while behind the wheel, double the number who reported the same feelings in 2005. It probably has nothing to do with this… Secretary of State... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Feds Won’t Challenge States on Marijuana Legalization

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? Did you head out to see a romantic comedy or a horror film this weekend? If so, some interesting new data from Public Policy Polling suggests you probably voted for Obama, while folks who cast ballots for Romney are more... more … [Read more...]

Death Sentence for Fort Hood Shooter Sparks Complex Debate about Death Penalty

A military jury decided this week to recommend the death sentence for convicted Fort Hood shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people and wounded another 32 when he opened fire on a building packed with unarmed soldiers and civilians in 2009. Before and during his trial, Hasan expressed his wish to die in order to become a Muslim martyr. His unorthodox defense at trial and the... more … [Read more...]

The Morning Buzz | Fast Food Workers Strike for Higher Pay, Most Americans Support Raising Minimum Wage

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? Not sure where to begin in atoning for your sins ahead of Yom Kippur? Enter Furry Friends Friday: Jewish High Holidays edition and check out the eScapegoat, a cartoon goat you can find in your mobile app store that’s happy to hear... more … [Read more...]

Age a Factor in Determining Importance of Jewish Holidays

In the Jewish tradition, the High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for reflection, repentance and atonement. Most Jews consider these to be the most important to their faith, but PRRI data shows that age plays a role in determining which holidays Jews find personally significant. A majority of older Jewish Americans (53%) say Yom Kippur is the most important Jewish holiday, compared to just more... more … [Read more...]


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