How religious groups are adapting to the pandemic

Four experts explain how different religious groups in the United States are bringing together tradition and tech to get through COVID-19.

Caroline Brooks-Michigan State • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: society-and-culture covid-19 religion social-lives

Seeing God as a white man shapes views of leadership

"Basically, if you believe that a white man rules the heavens, you are more likely to believe that white men should rule on Earth."

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
Feb. 4, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: featured society-and-culture beliefs bias gender images physical-appearance race-and-ethnicity religion

Can historical records change minds about reparations?

"We often think about slavery as old history, as history that's completely disconnected from us. And that's simply not the case."

James Devitt-NYU • futurity
Feb. 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: featured society-and-culture history money religion slavery united-states

US political division has outpaced other democracies

Political polarization in the US has gotten worse over the last four decades at a faster rate than in other major democracies, researchers find.

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
Jan. 21, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: society-and-culture emotions journalism politics race-and-ethnicity religion trends united-states

Survey: Majority says there’s no ‘God spot’ in the brain

"Findings like ours show that in general the public is suspicious of the idea that science can completely explain religion."

Amy McCaig-Rice University • futurity
Dec. 27, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: society-and-culture beliefs brains religion surveys

2,700-year-old tablet depicts epilepsy ‘demon’

A 2,700-year-old cuneiform tablet from ancient Iraq depicts the demon that the ancient Assyrians thought caused epilepsy.

Carsten Munk Hansen-U. Copenhagen • futurity
Dec. 20, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: health-and-medicine society-and-culture archaeology beliefs epilepsy history images iraq religion seizures

A quick history of Christmas trees in Jewish homes

A historian explains why many American Jews once had Christmas Trees in their homes, why the practice fell off, and who's bringing it back.

Julian Cardillo-Brandeis • futurity
Dec. 17, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: featured society-and-culture history holidays judaism religion united-states

9 ways religion can affect stress about money

Religion can both amplify and ease stress about money matters, research finds.

Alexis Blue-U. Arizona • futurity
Nov. 19, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: health-and-medicine anxiety beliefs money religion social-lives stress

The first American Jewish literary novel is now published

"'Cosella Wayne' transforms what we know about the history of early American Jewish literature..." Its discovery was recent, as was its publication.

Lawrence Goodman-Brandeis • futurity
Nov. 6, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: society-and-culture history judaism literature religion

A little training boosts the spiritual side of elder care

Training left elder care providers more confident in handling the spiritual needs of their clients, research finds.

Jarret Bencks-Brandeis • futurity
Oct. 21, 2019 ~2 min

Tags: health-and-medicine beliefs nursing-homes religion seniors

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