Findings from 2011 Baylor Religion Survey

Baylor University recently released the findings of its latest Baylor Religion Survey, which is characterized as "one of the most extensive surveys ever conducted on the religious practices, attitudes, beliefs and values of the American public."  The 2011 survey is a follow-up to those released in 2006 and 2008 by Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion. (For more on the results of earlier surveys consider reading Rodney Stark's What Americans Really Believe.  My review is available here and 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 …

Review of America’s Four Gods

Paul Froese and Christopher Bader.  America's Four Gods: What We Say About God  - & What That Says About Us.  Oxford University Press, 2010.  ISBN: 9780195341478. Meet the Authors Paul Froese and Christopher Bader both serve as assistant professors of sociology at Baylor University.  America's Four Gods: What We Say About God  - & What That Says About Us (2010) is the first book they have written together. Froese (pictured at left) specializes in comparative historical Read More …