Sociology

As a teacher of religious studies, one thing that has stuck out to me during the recent Phil Robertson (the patriarch of the "Duck Dynasty" clan) controversy is the seeming ignorance regarding the source of several of the quotes attributed to Robertson. This article, for...

Christianity Today has posted a new article, Survey: Frequent Bible Reading Can Turn You Liberal,which details the surprising survey results pertaining to attitudes about consumption, social justice, terrorism, etc.The article suggests that consistent Bible reading pushes people leftward on some issues. For example: Some of the...

Much to my wife's chagrin, I enjoy location-based social media like Gowalla and Foursquare, fully participating in the various games nested within these applications. She, on the other hand, finds such things silly, if not a bit creepy. Today she was again poking fun at...

This week's NPR Religion Podcast featured a piece from "All Things Considered" looking into the debates in Denmark relating to Muslim immigration and religious tolerance. Especially interesting was the observation about changing attitudes to multiculturalism in Europe: The very concept of multiculturalism is now being called...

In "Parents Caught Spanking Children on Audiotape Real Time," what should have been a straightforward report on the somewhat surprising (to the researchers) results of placing audio recorders in families' homes to study "Real Life Mother-Child Interaction in the Home" was somehow transformed into a...

It occurred to me in the process of thinking about the similarities between much of the rhetoric used by those screaming about anthropogenic climate change and "rapture watchers" that the very fact that their rhetoric is so simple is one reason that climate change arguments...

It inevitably comes up every year: the question of how parents of young children should handle Santa Claus. For some, this is a highly impassioned subject; with many liking to remind everyone as often as possible that "Santa" is an anagram of "Satan"—or, if not...