Archive for the ‘Findings & Footnotes’ Category

Findings & Footnotes

■  Media (and soon most likely book) coverage of the relationship between Artificial Intelligence (AI) and religion and spirituality is widespread. While little of such speculation has been based on research, the current issue of the journal American Religion (Fall 2023) moves the conversation along in that direction with several articles and a roundtable discussion […]

Findings & Footnotes

■  The journal Religion, State, and Society devotes its current issue (51:4–5) to the state of religion in the European Parliament (EP) and opens with the provocative observation that “The ongoing secularization of Europe…is little contested. Its outcomes, especially regarding European integration, are much more controversial.” This is borne out in several contributions, where it […]

Findings & Footnotes

■  As with sociologists of religion before them, anthropologists specializing in religion are branching out to study atheism and other forms of non-religion, according to the annual journal Religion & Society. The 2023 issue is devoted to anthropological studies of non-religion, although these focus less on the familiar sites of secularism, such as atheist and […]

Findings & Footnotes

■  Although recent research and media accounts have focused on the process of losing one’s Christian faith, following the growth of the unaffiliated, there is a countercurrent of new research looking at how atheists are becoming Christians. Of course, there have long been popular treatments of Christian conversions in the form of apologetic literature, but […]

Findings & Footnotes

■  A thematic series growing out of a partnership between the Berkley Center’s Geopolitics of Religious Soft Power project and the United States Institute of Peace looks at a wide range of religious and political dynamics in the Balkans. The working papers in the series touch on external religious influences on the Balkans, post-war religiosity, […]

Findings & Footnotes

■  An article published in late May on the LinkedIn social network, as reported by journalist Loup Besmond de Senneville in La Croix International (June 30), proposes that the Roman Catholic Church could contribute to the development of an integral security paradigm for governing cybersecurity. The article, written by four Catholic computer experts (two of […]

Findings & Footnotes

■  The edited collection, An Epidemic among My People (Temple University Press, $39.95), suggests that Covid-19 has a wider impact on religion and society than many might expect. The book, edited by political scientists Paul Djupe and Amanda Friesen, marshals a significant amount of data that documents religious behavior before and after the peak years […]

Findings & Footnotes

■  The sociology of religion journal Social Compass devotes its current issue (69:4) to the subject of exorcism in different world religions and cultures, noting that the practice is actually becoming more prominent in many faiths (with the first “exorcism center” in Asia being recently founded in the Philippines). In a lengthy and informative overview, […]

Findings & Footnotes

■  The current issue of the Journal of Church and State (64:4) focuses on legal issues relating to Covid-19, specifically the free exercise of religion. The guest editor Adelaide Madera notes that, as might be expected, the curtailments of religious freedom took place in the early phase of the pandemic, but the conflict between the […]

Findings & Footnotes

■  Surveys conducted last year by the PRRI (Public Religion Research Institute) and by the American Enterprise Institute had discovered that about a quarter of white evangelicals believed in the conspiracy theories associated with QAnon, such as the allegation “that the government, media, and financial worlds in the U.S. are controlled by a group of […]