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March 12, 2016
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Culture wars, Christianity at heart of UW political scientist Mark Smith’s book ‘Secular Faith’

Mark A. Smith is a University of Washington professor of political science and adjunct professor of comparative religion. He is the author of “Secular Faith: How Culture Has Trumped Religion in American Politics,” published in September by University of Chicago … Continue reading

February 14, 2015
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Why we embrace the ritual of Valentine’s Day: Q&A with a Yale sociologist

Whether you’re a die-hard romantic or a callous cynic, there’s no escaping the millions of couples cozying up this Feb. 14 to celebrate Valentine’s Day.   The origins of our only holiday devoted to love are somewhat murky. It is … Continue reading

February 24, 2014
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China: the return of Confucius

Everywhere in China, even in Beijing’s iconic Tiananmen Square, statues of the great Chinese revolutionary heroes have often been replaced by those of Confucius, a sign that the master‘s school of thought has indeed been restored by the authorities. What … Continue reading

June 24, 2013
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Interview with Sascha Gätzschmann: ‚My Baha’i Faith’

Q: You were Catholic, then you became a Baha’i. Will you please tell us what encouraged you to do it? Sascha: There is one religion of God, which is renewed in every age according to the needs of the time. … Continue reading

October 10, 2012
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Amazonian Tribal Warfare Sheds Light on Modern Violence, Says MU Anthropologist

Developing a shared sense of global community could help reduce major episodes of violence In the tribal societies of the Amazon forest, violent conflict accounted for 30 percent of all deaths before contact with Europeans, according to a recent study … Continue reading

August 25, 2012
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God as a Drug: The Rise of American Megachurches

American megachurches use stagecraft, sensory pageantry, charismatic leadership and an upbeat, unchallenging vision of Christianity to provide their congregants with a powerful emotional religious experience, according to research from the University of Washington. “The megachurches movement is one of the … Continue reading

June 15, 2012
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Evolution of Religious Patriarchy as a Mate-Guarding Strategy?

One of the largest and longest studies in a traditional African society sheds light on religious practices and cuckoldry. Genetic data suggest religious patriarchy is directly analogous to the mate-guarding tactics used by animals to ensure paternity. Religious practices that … Continue reading

November 28, 2011
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Examining The Changing Face of Christianity

U of T leading centre for study of global Christianity A century ago, 80 per cent of the world’s Christians lived in Europe and North America; today, nearly 70 per cent live in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, making Christianity … Continue reading