Arthur E. Farnsley II

Arthur E. Farnsley II is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Arthur E. Farnsley II

Demonizing white evangelicals won’t solve our political divisions

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — September 24, 2020
(RNS) — White evangelicals are certainly complicit in our history of systemic racism and nationalism, but transparent prejudice against them offers no way forward for any of us.

The meaning of COVID-19: We can’t all be right

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — April 3, 2020
(RNS) — This pandemic could be a unique opportunity to listen to other voices, to learn how others view the world, to open ourselves to other possibilities.

The risks of rationalism in a believing world

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — October 1, 2019
(RNS) — Rationalism has real risks. Using reason to harness my feelings and intuitions, most therapists will tell you, is not a strategy for long-term happiness.

Why churches should not measure their growth against the economic boom

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — February 28, 2019
(RNS) — At a time when the Facebooks and Googles of the world are a model for how to grow an organization, it's tempting to tell our churches and other faith groups that they need to 'scale.'

It’s time we think of politics more like religion

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — December 7, 2016
(RNS) Political operatives of both parties have known for decades that voting behavior is about emotion, intuition and tribal affiliation -- just like religion.

Why religious identity isn’t the best marker of political mobilization (COMMENTARY)

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — February 23, 2016
(RNS) We all need to admit we often try to assume or infer way, way too much from religious identification.

Forget the numbers. The big story is that religion has lost social influence. (ANALYSIS)

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — May 26, 2015
(RNS) Behind the story of Christian decline and the rise of “nones” is a long-standing debate about what religion theorists call “secularization,” the broad process by which religion gradually loses its social influence.

How the happiness U-curve echoes the Buddha’s teachings (COMMENTARY)

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — April 22, 2015
(RNS) I have not become a Buddhist. I am too attached to several of my desires, unwilling to let them go. But I see the structure of life bending me toward this wisdom and applying some form of this discipline to me.

Why we should worry when millennials don’t take religion seriously (COMMENTARY)

By Arthur E. Farnsley II — April 6, 2015
(RNS) I’m doing my best to help my millennial students see that religion is not just a placeholder for other interests; it is a powerful motivator and many religious people are willing to sacrifice, die, and even kill in its name.
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