It is always refreshing to see someone who is level-headed and civil in
religious discussion. He seems like a good man.
"He's not an academic who talks in highfalutin terms. He has become the
source for so many in journalism as someone who can explain religion to
them." Translation: He is able to speak the dumb-downed version of
theology so the atheistic non-religious journalists can understand religious
concepts (as opposed to researching it themselves, because apparently
journalists don't do much of that anymore).
It is a sad commentary on current society that the press, if not American
society in general, is so far distanced from religion. How can they even
consider themselves educated without knowledge of the majority religious beliefs
of the population they supposedly serve?
"He explained that his polling data has shown that next to race, church
attendance is the most reliable indicator of how someone will vote..."-----------------Because it has so to do with one's
world-view and values, I can understand why religion is closely tied to voter
preference. But Race??! And, not just race, but race most of all is a reliable
indicator of how someone will vote!?It's astonishing and
saddening to me to think we are still so influenced by things, like the silly,
irrelevant characteristics that define racial categories, that --should-- be
completely inconsequential to anything other than, perhaps, one's
vulnerability to sunburn, for example.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this insightful and informative article. Thank