Arthur E. Farnsley II is an author at Religion News Service.
Demonizing white evangelicals won’t solve our political divisions
(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.
Why churches should not measure their growth against the economic boom
(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.’
Why religious identity isn’t the best marker of political mobilization (COMMENTARY)
(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)
(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)
(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)
(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.