What types of people live near my congregation? Which religious traditions are present in my community? Where can I find data on Americans’ religious behaviors? How does my congregation compare to others in the United States?
Sociology & Anthropology
Our brains develop and continually change immersed in specific cultures and, as a result, culture literally embeds in our neuroanatomy. We acquire motor and social skills from our culture that impact how we move and think and function.
This is why the nature vs. nurture distinction is problematic: through culture, nurture becomes part of our nature.
To do effective missions and ministry in contemporary American society, we need to better understand what the people around us mean when they say they are spiritual.
What do scientists actually think about religion? And what do religious people actually think about science? The stereotypical answers to these questions will come up short once you’ve looked at sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund’s books.
Race continues to be an issue for American culture and the church. This 3-minute video, developed for use in religous settings, introduces some of the relevant science and can complement the work we are doing in the church to increase understanding about race and racism.
After decades of analyzing the religious perspectives of scientists and the views religous people have about science, Elaine Howard Ecklund has now written a book for the church. In it, she offers eight shared values that can help advance the conversaton about science in our churches.