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October 09, 2018
The Article That Exposes “Grievance Studies”
You may have read about the researchers who sent fake papers on topics such as "the...
September 28, 2018
The Continuing Protestant Legacy in Education
Martin Luther invented universal education--for boys and girls of all social classes--and he started institutions...
September 26, 2018
Only 18% of Americans Believe in Abortion on Demand
Americans' beliefs about abortion are complicated. Pro-abortionists are hailing recent polling that finds that 60%...
September 18, 2018
How Religious Are You?
Pew Research has come up with a different way of classifying American religion. Instead of...
September 17, 2018
The Unattainable Perfectionism of Millennials
The young adults of the Millennial generation are showing a higher rate of mental problems...
July 19, 2018
To Mock Christianity Is to Mock Women, Blacks, and Immigrants
Christianity is widely mocked and belittled by our cultural elite, which seem to enjoy citing...
July 09, 2018
How Committed Are Churchgoers to Their Congregations?
What would make a member leave a congregation? How committed are churchgoers to their congregation...
June 22, 2018
Surprises from the LGBTQ Study
A study of Americans who identify as part of the LGBTQ community reveals some surprises,...
June 22, 2018
Social Pressure or Mob Rule?
Social media outrage has caused powerful executives to lose their jobs, brought down politicians, coerced...
June 12, 2018
How Legalizing Gay Marriage Also Oppresses Gays
One of the bêtes noires of the hard, hard left is "heteronormativity," the view that heterosexual...
June 08, 2018
Europe Is Neither Secularist, nor Devout
The Pew Research Center has carried out a study of religion in Europe, finding that...
June 08, 2018
“Muwaji’s Law” against Child-Killing in Brazil
As we blogged about before, Brazil is attempting to outlaw the practice of some indigenous...
June 07, 2018
Nearly Half of Americans Believe Pornography Is “Morally Acceptable”
The annual Values and Belief Survey from Gallup has found that nearly close to half Americans--with...
May 17, 2018
Are Evangelicals Now Dwindling Like Mainline Liberals?
According to a new study, the number of white evangelicals is dropping precipitously, to the...
May 09, 2018
How Religious Success Can Threaten Faith
Eric Voegelin (1901-1985) is a thinker I want to look into more, writing as...
May 07, 2018
Another Look at How Fathers Influence Their Children’s Churchgoing
Nathan Rinne, who blogs with Jordan Cooper at Just and Sinner here at Patheos, discusses...
May 03, 2018
All the Lonely People, Where Do They All Come From?
Most Americans are lonely, according to a new study. And, contrary to what we might...
April 27, 2018
“God of the Bible” or “A Higher Power”?
"I believe in God." That sounds like a straightforward statement. But what God do you...
April 26, 2018
Is Being “Spiritual” as Beneficial as Being “Religious”?
An increasing number of Americans say that they are "spiritual but not religious." That is,...
April 18, 2018
Peter Berger on the New Class Struggle in American Religion
Thirty-seven years ago, I stumbled upon an article by Peter Berger, "The Class Struggle in...
April 17, 2018
Status and Belief
Christians talk a great deal about reaching the culture and influencing the culture. But Christians...
April 12, 2018
How You Are Being Psychologically Profiled by Your “Likes”
Facebook is getting hit hard in the fallout over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which...
April 11, 2018
How Can Churches Retain Their Youth?
The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod has sponsored two research projects on the retention of young...
March 22, 2018
Marriage, Living Together, Divorce Statistics–by Denomination
The Pew Research Center has released a study of marital status in U.S. religious groups. It...
March 20, 2018
Secularism or Liberal Religion?
Having spent time lately in the "happiest" countries that are also allegedly among the least...
March 16, 2018
What Is Religion, Anyway?
Christian Smith is the Notre Dame sociologist who identified the religion of America's youth as...
March 09, 2018
The News that Spreads Most Is False, Negative, and Surprising
A major study of how information spreads online has found that information that is false...
February 27, 2018
Catholic, Lutheran, & Reformed Approaches to the Poor
I've been reading a ground-breaking new book in the field of the sociology of religion...
February 23, 2018
When Christians Change Churches, Where Do They Go?
One out of six American Christians changed religious affiliation over a four year period. Where...
February 05, 2018
Why Don’t Churches Try to Reach the Biggest Demographic of the Unchurched?
My granddaughter invited a friend to church yesterday. She was nine years old and she...
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