Archive for the ‘ethics’ Category

Even abortion foes will help friends who choose to end a pregnancy

People demonstrate outside of the U.S. Supreme Court on May 3, 2022, in Washington. A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report released Monday. Whatever the outcome, the Politico report represents an extremely rare[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Americans support religious freedom — as long as it’s convenient for everyone

Food is prepared for the community kitchen at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Brookings, Oregon, in October 2021. Photo courtesy of St. Timothy’s February 15, 2022 By Ryan Burge   (RNS) — One of the most consequential legal terms in the 21st century may be “religious freedom.” As my colleague University of Cincinnati political scientist[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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‘Sinning in the Rain’: New study finds crimes go up when it rains on Sundays

Photo by Viacheslav Bida/Unsplash/Creative Commons December 2, 2021 By Bob Smietana (RNS) — To help people avoid sin, pastors often advise prayer, going to church and reading the Bible or other religious books. They might also want to get a few umbrellas. A forthcoming study from the Review of Economics and Statistics found that the[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Pagan politics are not as uniform (or liberal) as you think

A visual of the “Blue Wave” spell from November 2020. Photo via Facebook/Bind Trump (Official) May 26, 2021 By Heather Greene (RNS) — In 2017, witches around the United States, and a few around the world, turned their magic to political activism, performing a spell to “bind” then-President Donald Trump “and all who abet him.”[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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When it comes to building trust, belonging beats belief, study finds

Photo by Rosie Fraser/Unsplash/Creative Commons January 28, 2021 By Bob Smietana Produced in collaboration with the Religion News Service. (RNS) — The Bible and other sacred texts are filled with warnings about the importance of putting your trust in the right place. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart,” the Book of Proverbs advises.[ READ FULL COLUMN ]

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Study finds that queer Christians quit the church twice as much as others

A study in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion strongly associated queer identity with a decision to attend church less frequently or stop going altogether.

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How Christian nationalism may determine whether you wear a mask

Republican or Democrat, whether or not you social distance likely has more to do with whether you feel the U.S. is under threat from others not like you.

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Can churches’ focus on race move from reconciliation to justice?

‘The evangelical pastors that we interviewed, ultimately chose racial reconciliation as their primary frame,’ a scholar said of study of multiracial church leaders.

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How humility can win the coronavirus battle, and restore trust in politics

A new study finds that individuals who are open to new ideas and recognize both the strengths of others and their own limitations, have not succumbed to political apathy or indifference. The study also suggests these intellectually humble individuals are better able to seek accurate information rather than reflexively defend their own beliefs, and to pursue discussions on critical issues with an attitude of mutual respect.

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Sorry cats: Dogs may be worshippers' best friends

Organized religion may be going to the dogs. A study finds a major divide in worship attendance among owners of outgoing canines and more aloof cats.

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