Tobin Grant

@TobinGrant blogs for Religion News Service at Corner of Church and State, a data-driven conversation on religion and politics. He is a political science professor at Southern Illinois University and associate editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.

All Stories by Tobin Grant

2016: The Year of Lucifer

By Tobin Grant — November 22, 2016
I'm only half-joking.

This post-election sermon is the one you wanted to hear this week

By Tobin Grant — November 18, 2016
A sermon on how to live together after such a contentious election.

Did white evangelical support for Trump drop due to lower turnout?

By Tobin Grant — November 14, 2016
As the data comes in, the key will be to watch turnout.

5 ways political scientists got the election right

By Tobin Grant — November 9, 2016
Pundits and prognosticators assumed that this election was unusual. It wasn't.

Is Wayne Grudem lying about not knowing Donald Trump’s past? Watch the video

By Tobin Grant — October 10, 2016
Wayne Grudem now says Trump is morally unfit for the presidency. It's a return to his view in February.

Can political candidates speak at churches? Yes, if they follow these five rules

By Tobin Grant — September 15, 2016
Churches and other religious communities can invite candidates to speak, but they need to follow these rules.

How the polls inflate Trump’s evangelical vote

By Tobin Grant — August 3, 2016
Support for Trump among evangelicals is likely 15 to 20 points lower than reported.

What DNC WikiLeaks email on Sanders’ religion reminds us about atheists in America

By Tobin Grant — July 26, 2016
Americans dislike atheists. In fact, there are few groups they dislike more.

Why do some evangelical leaders back Trump? Because it’s not about faith

By Tobin Grant — July 21, 2016
Jerry Falwell Jr. aren't keeping it a secret: this year, faith, convictions, and policies be damned.

Pro-Trump pastor whitewashes history of pastors during Jim Crow — including the history of his church

By Tobin Grant — July 19, 2016
Robert Jeffress pastors First Baptist Dallas. His church was once the most prominent voice for segregation in the country

‘The End of White Christian America’ is meaningless

By Tobin Grant — July 12, 2016
It's a simplistic story wrapped in data.

Why do people support police using force? Religion is part of the answer

By Tobin Grant — July 7, 2016
Videos of police shootings (again) divide public opinion. Here's how religion shapes views of police.

Share our joy! How Julie Rodgers recalls last year’s marriage ruling

By Tobin Grant — July 5, 2016
Her friends didn’t force her to choose between her orientation and her love for Jesus. They shared her joy.

What catalyst started the Presbyterian Church in America? Racism

By Tobin Grant — June 30, 2016
If it wasn't for slavery, segregation, and white supremacy, there would be no Presbyterian Church in America.

Where do Southern Baptists go when they leave? The answer in one chart

By Tobin Grant — June 28, 2016
Only 62 percent of Southern Baptist youth are in a Southern Baptist church today.
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