Perfect Fear Casts Out Love

A recent PRRI survey has been making the news, and rightly so. As you can see from this chart, white Evangelicals have a persecution complex (or, if you prefer, a martyr complex): As the Episcopal Cafe highlighted, white Evangelical Protestant leaders are using fear and alarmism in an effort to drive people to faith. But the [Read More…]

The World as 100 People, over 200 Years

The above charts come from the website The World in Data, and more specifically Max Roser’s piece, “A history of global living conditions in 5 charts.” I am sure you have all seen past attempts to represent the world as it is now if it were 100 people. But tracing that group over 2 centuries achieves [Read More…]

Overestimating Muslim Numbers

An article in The Guardian showed the extent to which Europeans – and Americans – overestimate the percentage of the population of their country who are Muslims. The article also highlights other differences between perception and reality, for instance in relation to the views of others in their country about a variety of controversial topics. Click through [Read More…]

Religion and Tampering with Nature

IO9 just posted a piece about transhumanism and fear of “tampering with nature” in the form of gene editing, brain chips, and other such technologies. What I found most interesting, not surprisingly, was the information about how more devout religious people’s views tend to differ from those of others. Here are the statistics: I suspect [Read More…]

Racism, Young-Earth Creationism, and the New World Order

I have had comments on things I have posted on the blog and on Facebook, from commenters whom I don’t know and who’ve never to my knowledge posted on my blog or Facebook wall before. One was addressing the control of knowledge by the 1% to promote evolution and deny the truth about human origins. Others [Read More…]

Flee With Me To Safety!

Having been blogging about safety and study abroad lately, I was interested to see a study by the Forum on Education Abroad which shows from insurance claim data that students are twice as likely to die on campus in the United States than while studying abroad. I’ll need to check the details more closely to see whether the [Read More…]

Fear at Home and Abroad

I probably should not vent about my students’ parents on my blog, but I am feeling a bit frustrated. The stabbing of an American student in Israel is certainly a cause for concern. Like any parent would, I have imagined my own son traveling abroad as a student and being in that situation, being stabbed and [Read More…]

Further History-Denialism from Jerry Coyne

It boggles my mind and frustrates me when anyone engages in denialism, whether in science, history, or any other area. But when someone who has worked hard to combat denialism does it, it can seem downright baffling. But Jerry Coyne has done precisely that in the past, and continues to do so. In a recent blog post [Read More…]

Are Israel and Palestine Safe to Travel To? (Fear and Statistics)

When I’ve sought to reassure students and their parents that travel to Israel is relatively safe, I have often used statistics. In light of the things that have been in the news recently, I thought I should blog about this topic. One is much more likely to be a victim of a homicide in the [Read More…]

Revelation by the Numbers

Ian Paul shared this chart a while back, suggesting that it provides evidence for the unity of Revelation. I’m not so sure – I’m not entirely persuaded by redactional proposals, but I definitely see why such solutions to the puzzles of Revelation appeal to some. What do readers of this blog think? Is the Book [Read More…]