The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site is one half of a story told by both science and Scripture: not only are we one in Christ, all bearers of God’s image, but every human being shares 99.9 percent of our DNA. To use the words from the Cradle of Humankind’s website, “our collective umbilical cord lies buried” in Africa. It is a story about the unity of humankind.
Sociology & Anthropology
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?
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.