Review of A Faith of Our Own

Meet the Author Jonathan Merritt launched his career while still in seminary when he organized a group of leaders concerned with creation care, and founded the Southern Baptist Environment and Climate Initiative.  He earned a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a Master of Theology from Emory University. Merritt writes and speaks about a wide range of issues related to faith and culture.  He has published over 300 articles and written two books: Green Like Read More …

Review of The Bible Made Impossible

Meet the Author Christian Smith is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Notre Dame.  His research areas include "religion in modernity, adolescents, American evangelicalism, and culture."  Smith has written several books, including The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture (2011), Souls in Transition: The Religious & Spiritual Lives of Emerging Adults (2009, with Patricia Read More …

Review of The King Jesus Gospel

Meet the Author Scot McKnight is professor of religious studies at North Park University.  He is a leading authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus.  McKnight has written over 20 books including The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (read how this book has influenced me), Fasting (read my review), The Real Mary: Why Evangelicals Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus (read my review), and One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow (read my review).  McKnight’s Read More …

Evangelicals Don’t Have a Pope

Roger Olson is an evangelical scholar who serves as Professor of Theology at George W. Truett Theological Seminary of Baylor University.  Recently he blogged about a troubling trend: news reports that don't put their stories in context.  Olson focuses on a prominent evangelical pastor in Texas who stated that Evangelicals must not vote for Presidential candidates who are Mormon, because Mormonism is a cult.  Many of the reports failed to include details about how others characterize Mormonism. Read More …

Do Mainline Protestants Really Have Bigger Brains?

A recent study funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Templeton Foundation suggests that mainline Protestants have larger brains than those with other religious affiliations.   Yonat Shimron's article summarizes the findings: It found an association between participants' professed religious affiliation and the physical structure of their brain. Specifically, those identified as Protestant who did not have a religious conversion or born-again experience — more common among their Read More …

Statistical Surprises: Marriage and Divorce

The Daily Number is provided by the Pew Research Center that "highlights an important finding or trend."  A few days ago, the number looked at the unusually high rates of both marriage and divorce in the United States.  When compared to the European Union, Americans are far more likely to experience marriage (51% higher) or divorce (76% higher).  Interestingly, however, American divorce rates in the sample year (33% of the measured events) were similar to those in the EU (30%). So Read More …

Research Suggests that Evangelical Christians are UnChristian

"Why Evangelicals Hate Jesus" is the title of a recent Huffington Post article, which seeks to explain the findings of research conducted by the Pew Research Center.  The post was written by two professors: Phil Zuckerman (associate professor of sociology at Pitzer College) and Dan Cady (assistant professor of history at California State - Fresno).  They suggest the research confirms: what social scientists have known for a long time: White Evangelical Christians are the group least likely to Read More …

Review of The Unlikely Disciple

Kevin Roose.  The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University.  Grand Central Publishing, 2009.  ISBN: 9780446178426. Meet the Author Kevin Roose is a senior at Brown University.  His first book, The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University (2009), was chosen for Barnes & Noble’s “Discover Great New Writers” series and an excerpt from it received Brown University’s 2009 Casey Shearer Memorial award for best non-fiction writing by Read More …