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 …

The Scandal of American Christianity

In response to Candace Chellew-Hodge's recent interview question about religion and wealth, progressive Christian scholar Marcus Borg offers these wise words: The scandal of American Christianity today is that it is deeply divided not only about issues like biblical inerrancy and evolution, but it's deeply divided between a conservative vision of Christianity that emphasizes that what really matters morally is personal morality, the behavior of individuals . . . On the other side of the 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 …