American Morality: 1987 & 2014

CNN recently conducted a poll of American morality similar to the one conducted by Time Magazine in 1987.  When the statistics are placed side-by-side, one can see significant signs of change over the past 27 years.  Overall: In 1987, 7 out of the 8 actions surveyed were considered by the majority of Americans to be morally wrong. Now, only 3 of the behaviors are thought to be morally wrong by a majority (being married and having sex with someone else, cheating on taxes, and having an Read More …

Beyond Pro-Choice / Pro-Life

"Not in Her Shoes" is a new brief video (under 2 minutes) designed to encourage conversation about abortion by suggesting people move beyond the labels "pro-choice" and "pro-life" that "actually don't reflect how people feel about abortion." So What? Watch the video and ponder the argument advanced by Planned Parenthood. Do you believe that moving beyond the polarizing labels (pro-choice and pro-life) will help people have more in-depth and meaningful conversations about abortion? Read More …

Do Americans Share a Common Morality?

Yesterday I wrote a review of America’s Four Gods: What We Say About God  - & What That Says About Us by Paul Froese and Christopher Bader.  One of the book's more interesting findings hints at a common American morality, which is shown in the chart below (p. 66).  The authors write: But note the relative ranking of moral issues for all believers -- they are exactly the same.  Specifically, no matter what kind of God a person believes in, he ranks the comparative immorality of behaviors in Read More …