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In America, Does More Education Equal Less Religion? Overall, U.S. adults with college degrees are less religious than others, but this pattern does not hold among Christians The idea that highly educated people are less religious, on average, than those with less education has been a part of the public discourse for decades, but some scholars of religion have called this notion into question.

In America, Does More Education Equal Less Religion?

And a new analysis of Pew Research Center surveys shows that the relationship between religion and education in the United States is not so simple. On one hand, among U.S. adults overall, higher levels of education are linked with lower levels of religious commitment by some measures, such as belief in God, how often people pray and how important they say religion is to them. On the other hand, Americans with college degrees report attending religious services as often as Americans with less education. Other Pew Research Center data on religion and education Moreover, the majority of American adults (71%) identify as Christians.

Although U.S. Indeed Very Many: Universalism in the Early Church. Indeed Very Many: Universalism in the Early Church. Culture - The obscure religion that shaped the West. Culture - The obscure religion that shaped the West. Dissent with Modification: Soothing Evolution–Religion Tensions in the Classroom. On topics ranging from astrophysics to public health, rejections of scientific consensus can prove quite inflexible when bolstered by religious doctrine.

Dissent with Modification: Soothing Evolution–Religion Tensions in the Classroom

But a new approach to teaching evolutionary biology appears to ease such tensions. It involves airing perceived conflicts between religion and evolution in the classroom rather than simply presenting a mountain of evidence for evolution. Evolution and religion: Finding middle ground in the biology classroom. March 27, 2017 Evolution and religion often evoke strong emotional responses that can seem undeniably incompatible.

Evolution and religion: Finding middle ground in the biology classroom

Yet, researchers at Arizona State University have discovered that using a short, evolution teaching module focused on the perceived conflict between religion and evolution actually reduced the number of students with this perception by 50 percent — a big success considering about half of all undergraduate students identify as religious. This Is Your Brain on God. Religious and spiritual experiences activate the brain reward circuits in much the same way as love, sex, gambling, drugs and music, report researchers at the University of Utah School of Medicine.

This Is Your Brain on God

The findings will be published Nov. 29 in the journal Social Neuroscience. PHOTO CREDIT: University of Utah Health Sciences Jeffrey Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of radiology at the University of Utah School of Medicine. “We’re just beginning to understand how the brain participates in experiences that believers interpret as spiritual, divine or transcendent,” says senior author and neuroradiologist Jeff Anderson.

“In the last few years, brain imaging technologies have matured in ways that are letting us approach questions that have been around for millennia.” During fMRI scans, 19 young-adult church members — including seven females and 12 males — performed four tasks in response to content meant to evoke spiritual feelings. PHOTO CREDIT: Jeffrey Anderson.

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Evangelicals. An Insider's View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America. Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com / Shane Trotter As the aftermath of the election of Donald Trump is being sorted out, a common theme keeps cropping up from all sides: "Democrats failed to understand white, working-class, fly-over America.”

An Insider's View: The Dark Rigidity of Fundamentalist Rural America

Trump supporters are saying this. Progressive pundits are saying this. Talking heads across all forms of the media are saying this. Even some Democratic leaders are saying this. I grew up in rural Christian white America. In deep-red America, the white Christian god is king, figuratively and literally. Bishop Ough issues statement on Trump immigration order. United Methodist Council of Bishops FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2017 Minneapolis: Bishop Bruce R.

Bishop Ough issues statement on Trump immigration order

Ough, president of the United Methodist Council of Bishops, issued a statement regarding President Trump’s executive order on immigration at a press conference sponsored by the Minnesota Council of Churches. The event, held at Hennepin United Methodist Church, gathered faith leaders to discuss the topic of immigration. Conservative Christian nationalism has a scary kinship to white supremacy. Americans — not just liberals — have a religious literacy problem. Left-leaning Christian pastor John Pavlovitz calls out Trump & the religious hypocrites. Here is my fourth and final segment for 2016 (more to come in 2017, with hopes of of an exclusive interview).

Left-leaning Christian pastor John Pavlovitz calls out Trump & the religious hypocrites

In July, Pavlovtiz wrote about 25 reasons he is against Trump and all that Trump stands for. The Raleigh pastor certainly has a way with words, and as you can see, he holds nothing back. To read all 25 reasons, visit: JohnPavlovitz.com.

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Evolution. The Real Origins of the Religious Right. One of the most durable myths in recent history is that the religious right, the coalition of conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists, emerged as a political movement in response to the U.S.

The Real Origins of the Religious Right

Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. The politics of Jen Hatmaker: Trump, Black Lives Matter, gay marriage, and more. Bestselling author and HGTV star Jen Hatmaker says her first political memory is of being at a church service and finding a voter’s guide in her bulletin.

The politics of Jen Hatmaker: Trump, Black Lives Matter, gay marriage, and more

The pamphlet did not strike her as odd or off-putting, despite encouraging congregants to “vote straight-ticket Republican.” As she says, “the way it had always been explained to me was the Republican platform is Christian. From damage to discovery via virtual unwrapping: Reading the scroll from En-Gedi.

Computer imaging techniques are commonly used to preserve and share readable manuscripts, but capturing writing locked away in ancient, deteriorated documents poses an entirely different challenge.

From damage to discovery via virtual unwrapping: Reading the scroll from En-Gedi

This software pipeline—referred to as “virtual unwrapping”—allows textual artifacts to be read completely and noninvasively. The systematic digital analysis of the extremely fragile En-Gedi scroll (the oldest Pentateuchal scroll in Hebrew outside of the Dead Sea Scrolls) reveals the writing hidden on its untouchable, disintegrating sheets.

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Our Religion Of Economism Is Bankrupt. A closer look at Jehovah’s Witnesses living in the U.S. The death of superstar musician Prince has prompted many reflections on his life – including his religious faith. Prince, who was raised as a Seventh-day Adventist, became a Jehovah’s Witness as an adult and attended services in his home state of Minnesota. Jehovah’s Witnesses, who make up just less than 1% of U.S. adults, are known for their door-to-door proselytism. But members of this denomination, which has its origins in 19th-century America, are also unique in many other ways. Here are a few facts about Jehovah’s Witnesses in the United States today, based on Pew Research Center’s Religious Landscape Study: Ted Cruz' Religion Adviser Talks to God, Can Add Scripture to Bible. In early March, the Cruz for President campaign announced the formation of an official Religious Liberty Advisory Council.

Clobbering “Biblical” Gay Bashing. Thank you for your interest in Patheos newsletters! Please enter your email address below and click the "Subscribe" button. Thank you for your subscription. From American theologian and author... - Christians Tired of Being Misrepresented. Why Progressive Christians should distance themselves from John Shelby Spong's 12 Theses - Eric Scot English.

Substitutionary Atonement and Evolution, Part 1. World Loyalty and the Arts: Philip Glass, Whitehead, and Pando Populus - Jesus Jazz and Buddhism. America’s Changing Religious Landscape. Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow The Christian share of the U.S. population is declining, while the number of U.S. adults who do not identify with any organized religion is growing, according to an extensive new survey by the Pew Research Center.

Moreover, these changes are taking place across the religious landscape, affecting all regions of the country and many demographic groups. While the drop in Christian affiliation is particularly pronounced among young adults, it is occurring among Americans of all ages. The same trends are seen among whites, blacks and Latinos; among both college graduates and adults with only a high school education; and among women as well as men.

Progressive Christian Connections. Alone, Yet Not Alone. There is a strong vein of hostility against orthodox religious believers in America today, especially among the young. How race and religion have polarized American voters. The case for gay marriage is made in the freedom of religion - Quartz. Freedom of religion is a hard-won principle. Peter Abelard. Kierkegaard's world, part 5. How to believe.