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Robert P. Jones

Robert P. Jones is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Robert P. Jones

7 things white Christians can do to address white supremacy at church

By Robert P. Jones — October 15, 2021
(RNS) — Simply start somewhere, and start somewhere local. 

Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day? Getting to the heart of the American identity crisis

By Robert P. Jones — October 8, 2021
(RNS) — This belief in America as a divinely ordained white Christian nation — which has blessed so much brutality in our history — remains linked to denials of our past and support for political violence and anti-democratic sentiment in the present.

White Christian nationalism found fertile soil in post-9/11 America

By Robert P. Jones — September 22, 2021
(RNS) — Since the Bush era, the attitudes of Republicans, including white evangelicals who comprise the party’s base, have increasingly aligned with a worldview rooted in centuries of white supremacist theology.

Removal of Robert E. Lee leaves Arthur Ashe as Richmond’s remaining witness

By Robert P. Jones — September 8, 2021
(RNS) — A statue of the tennis great has outlasted the Confederate generals on Monument Avenue.

Despite white Christianity’s role in Capitol assault, some signs of hope and change

By Robert P. Jones — July 16, 2021
(RNS) — White Christians have only begun the work of reckoning with white supremacy.

Let’s celebrate this Fourth of July without the myth of white Christian innocence

By Robert P. Jones — July 2, 2021
(RNS) — Which will we honor — the Doctrine of Discovery or the Declaration of Independence?

Southern Baptists head for annual meeting at a crossroads on race and gender

By Robert P. Jones — June 4, 2021
(RNS) — In this moment of reckoning, white evangelical Protestants — the denominational family to which Southern Baptists belong — are increasingly out of step.

The path to herd immunity runs through America’s faith communities 

By Eboo Patel — May 24, 2021
(RNS) — Residents of many of the most vaccine-hesitant areas in the United States turn out to be remarkably receptive to faith-based interventions.

Taking the white Christian nationalist symbols at the Capitol riot seriously

By Robert P. Jones — January 7, 2021
(RNS) — The attack exposed the comfortable juxtaposition of Christianity and white supremacy.

For white Christians, racial justice starts with telling the truth

By Robert P. Jones — July 28, 2020
(RNS) — Perhaps the biggest obstacle to white Christians’ full participation in the movement for racial equality is an unshakable commitment to our own innocence.

Do You Believe? Americans Less Likely to Believe in Historical Accuracy of Christmas Story Than a Decade Ago

By Robert P. Jones — December 17, 2013
My latest column for Huffington Post Religion explores the findings of PRRI’s latest survey, conducted in partnership with Religion News Service and released just this morning, on the drop in the number of Americans who believe the Bible’s Christmas story is historically accurate.

Across Religious and Party Lines, Steady Support for Path to Citizenship

By Robert P. Jones — November 25, 2013
Despite the ups and downs of the prospects for comprehensive immigration reform in Congress, public support for a path to citizenship for immigrants currently living in the United States illegally has remained steady throughout 2013.

PRRI CEO Robert Jones Takes to the Airwaves to Unpack Relationship between Libertarians, Tea Party

By Robert P. Jones — November 5, 2013
I recently appeared on State of Belief radio to discuss the findings of PRRI's 2013 American Values Survey: In Search of Libertarians in America, with host Rev. Welton Gaddy. He had some great questions for me, including a particularly interesting one about the differences in composition between libertarians and those who identify with the Tea Party movement.

Most Republicans, Evangelicals Support ENDA

By Robert P. Jones — November 5, 2013
With seven Republican senators and all 55 Democratic senators publicly on board, it now seems likely that the Senate will debate and vote this week on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would ban employment discrimination on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.

Figuring Faith | Why GOP Opposition to Obamacare Will Hurt Hispanic Outreach

By Robert P. Jones — October 4, 2013
In this week's Figuring Faith, my blog at the Washington Post, I examine how GOP efforts to excise funding for the 2010 Affordable Care Act from the federal budget may affect the party's long-term success with reaching the growing number of Hispanic voters in the United States.
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