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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

Six words Trump never said to evangelicals

By Tobin Grant — June 24, 2016
Jesus. Christ. Bible. They're all missing from Trump's vocabulary

Who flipped to join Trump’s evangelical advisory board? (COMMENTARY)

By Tobin Grant — June 22, 2016
These so-called leaders traded in their integrity for a seat at Trump's gold-plated table.

UK uses bogus quiz to rule on Christian asylum seekers

By Tobin Grant — June 21, 2016
The UK is using the one method scientifically shown to fail.

Pakistan poll: 70% say ‘It’s NEVER permissible for a man to beat his wife’

By Tobin Grant — May 27, 2016
A prominent group of clerics does not represent the views of Pakistanis.

Why Charleston shooting is both an obstruction of religion and a hate crime (but not terrorism)

By Tobin Grant — May 25, 2016
What is a 'hate crime'? What is 'obstruction of religion'? How are they different from 'terrorism'?

Can music be your religion?

By Tobin Grant — May 23, 2016
How a religion geek ruins a great country song.

How do Methodists view homosexuality and same-sex marriage? Some poll results

By Tobin Grant — May 18, 2016
It's not just at the General Conference. United Methodists in the pews are also split over LGBT issues.

Why do we pick-and-choose our religious beliefs? Blame social media

By Tobin Grant — May 16, 2016
We now pick the emojis that go with our beliefs.

Top 5 surprising religion and politics stories (and it’s only May)

By Tobin Grant — May 13, 2016
It's unexpected events like these that keep me loving religion and politics in the USA.

Why Pro-Life Democrats are disappearing

By Tobin Grant — May 10, 2016
In six years, the number of pro-life Democrats in Congress has dropped from forty to just two.

Trump isn’t Hitler: It’s OK for a person of faith to vote for Trump

By Tobin Grant — May 3, 2016
Even this year, people can disagree on politics without sacrificing their faith.

Why greater diversity may (temporarily) thin out your pews

By Tobin Grant — April 27, 2016
Congregations that grow in diversity may decline in attendance.

Trump won big in the Bible Belt (and lots of mini-Bible Belts outside the South)

By Tobin Grant — April 21, 2016
Trump won across the South, but he also is doing well in other evangelical regions.

James Dobson’s flawed take on population decline (no.1: We’re not in decline)

By Tobin Grant — April 13, 2016
Raising false "facts" doesn't excuse shaming women into not breeding enough.

What’s in a nickname? 6 college teams with unexpected religious roots

By Tobin Grant — April 12, 2016
A devil isn't always a devil, and a Quaker sometimes fights.
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