High Levels of Education and Religion

The claim that as levels of education increase levels of religious belief and practice decrease is stated so often that many simply assume it is true.  Earlier this year, I shared Barry A. Kosmin's (Trinity College) work that provides substantive data suggesting the relationship between religion and education is far more complex than this generalization.  In fact, in some areas those with post-graduate degrees have higher rates of belief or practice than those with less education, Read More …

Review of God’s Century

Meet the Authors Monica Duffy Toft has taught at Harvard since 2004.  Currently she serves as Associate Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and as Director of the Initiative on Religion in International Affairs.  Her research interests include international relations, religion, nationalism and ethnic conflict, civil and interstate wars, the relationship between demography and national security, and military and strategic planning.  For more information visit Read More …

Review of Spiritual Envy

Michael Krasny.  Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest.  New World Library, 2010.  ISBN: 9781577319122. Meet the Author Michael Krasny is a professor of English at San Francisco State University, where he has taught since 1970.  He is a widely published scholar and literary critic as well as a fiction writer.  Krasny is  the co-author of Sound Ideas (2009) and author of Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life (2007) and Spiritual Envy: An Agnostic's Quest (2010) .  He is the host Read More …

Why Religion is Needed

Oliver Thomas recently wrote an interesting opinion piece for USA Today: Why Do We Need Religion?  In the article, Thomas suggests that religion's greatest contribution to society is that it "makes us want to live."   He continues: Alas, many of us have discovered purpose for our lives through religion. Inside America's churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and ashrams, we wrestle with the great questions of life. And with due respect to my atheist and left-leaning friends, most of those Read More …