Religious life was converting to tech before COVID

The pandemic has made livestreamed worship services the new normal, but research finds an existing and growing role for technology in religious life.

Eric Ferreri-Duke • futurity
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 religion mobile-devices featured society-and-culture social-lives

What’s behind evangelical support for Trump?

How does religion factor into the presidential election for evangelical voters? An expert digs into faith and politics in the US.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
Oct. 20, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: politics religion society-and-culture identity elections

US Muslims are more likely to face bias than Christians

In an experiment focused on public schools, researchers found religious discrimination against Muslims and atheists was more likely than against Christians.

Kim Eckart-Washington • futurity
Sept. 28, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: religion bias discrimination united-states society-and-culture

Misguided beliefs drive pro-vaccine policy opposition

While a new study finds broad support in the US for pro-vaccine public policy, it also shows that misinformed beliefs are the biggest driver of opposition.

Michael Rozansky-Penn • futurity
Sept. 10, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 religion vaccines featured health-and-medicine beliefs

Faith and politics mix to drive evangelical Christians' climate change denial

Few white evangelicals in the U.S. say they believe in human-made climate change. This strand of science denial seems to have as much to do with conservative politics as the Bible's teachings.

Adrian Bardon, Professor of Philosophy, Wake Forest University • conversation
Sept. 9, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: climate-change global-warming climate-change-denial religion-and-society creationism science-denial motivated-reasoning science-and-religion anthropogenic-global-warming christians skepticism evangelical-christians climate-skepticism conservative-christians climate-change-risk

Scriptures rarely a significant motivating factor behind violence, say researchers

Many people misunderstand the relationship between religion, scripture and violence, a new book argues. Some people worry that scriptures such as the Qur’an

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 1, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: religion violence terrorism

Inca llama shell offering found at bottom of Lake Titicaca

The discovery of a carved stone box suggests that Lake Titicaca was a locus of ritual and ceremonial activity by the Inca, researchers say.

A'ndrea Elyse Messer-Penn State • futurity
Aug. 17, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: archaeology religion peru science-and-technology ancient-history

Hagia Sophia ‘time tunnel’ linked Ottoman and Roman Empires

Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral, a mosque, a museum, and now again a mosque. But past conquests don't fully explain its legacy, a historian says.

Sandra Feder-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 10, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: history art religion society-and-culture beliefs

At the evangelical Creation Museum, dinosaurs lived alongside humans and the world is 6,000 years old

A Kentucky museum tells the history of the universe according to the Bible in an effort to debunk evolution. Its owner, the Christian group Answers in Genesis, promotes right-wing political causes.

Susan L Trollinger, Professor of English, University of Dayton • conversation
July 27, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: evolution bible religion-and-society creationism christianity biblical-flood evangelicals christian-right genesis biblical-narratives fundamentalist-christianity

Ending the pandemic will take global access to COVID-19 treatment and vaccines – which means putting ethics before profits

The high cost of pharmaceuticals often means only the richest patients get lifesaving medicines. As coronavirus drugs emerge, it will require hard, creative work to ensure they're available to all.

Nicole Hassoun, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Binghamton University, State University of New York • conversation
July 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus global-health ethics inequality tuberculosis prescription-drug-prices remdesivir covid-19-vaccine religion-and-society bioethics access-to-medicines drug-prices essential-medicines polio-vaccination ethical-dilemma

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