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April 21, 2010

Supreme Court Justices Pose for Annual Portrait
Members of the U.S. Supreme Court pose for a group photograph on September 29, 2009.
Front row (l-r): Anthony M. Kennedy, John Paul Stevens, John G. Roberts, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas. Back row (l-r): Samuel Alito Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor. (photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

On April 9th, Justice Stevens announced his upcoming retirement from the U.S. Supreme Court. The loss of the lone Protestant on the Court, in a country with 51% Protestants, has sparked a vigorous media discussion. Pundits and journalists are asking how, and if, this will impact future Court discussions, and if religion should even be a consideration when selecting Justice Stevens’ replacement.

April 09, 2010

Being new on the staff, I love hearing older programs that are new to me. Preparing for the Mayfair Yang show this week, Krista mentioned a past conversation with author Anchee Min, whose name came up again the next day when we received a copy of her latest book, Pearl of China.

Her interview in “Surviving the Religion of Mao” is a personal view into life growing up in Communist China, and as a devoted member of the Red Guard.

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March 20, 2010

Over at Floatingsheep, Mark Graham has been rendering some superb data sets about religion as it manifests itself in various ways on the Internet.

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March 16, 2010

We've been thinking about Anne Lamott a lot lately as we continue to build a dialogue about what it means to be spiritual but not necessarily religious.

February 24, 2010

If you consider yourself "spiritual but not religious," can you help us understand what this term actually means to you? Does science have something to do with it?

February 23, 2010

New data from the Pew Forum may be unsurprising to some of us, but it amplifies what we have probably assumed to be true and seems relevant to our projects at Speaking of Faith:

“Compared with their elders today, young people are much less likely to affiliate with any religious tradition or to identify themselves as part of a Christian denomination. Fully one-in-four adults under age 30 (25%) are unaffiliated, describing their religion as “atheist,” “agnostic” or “nothing in particular.” This compares with less than one-fifth of people in their 30s (19%), 15% of those in their 40s, 14% of those in their 50s and 10% or less among those 60 and older. About two-thirds of young people (68%) say they are members of a Christian denomination and 43% describe themselves as Protestants, compared with 81% of adults ages 30 and older who associate with Christian faiths and 53% who are Protestants.”

Any insights you draw from this latest report?


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February 21, 2010

His answer to the audience question, “Is religion potentially dangerous?” is one that’s often asked in the context of the seemingly intractable conflict between Israelis and Palestinians.

February 18, 2010

“…there are some scientists who say ‘I don’t think electrons really exist.’ It’s useful to think of them as existing. It’s useful to build computers with that image in mind of an electron, but I don’t think they really exist… when other people think of God as a personal thing, that’s as close as you can get given the constraints on human cognition and maybe it’s not something you should apologize for…”

Transcribing Krista’s interview with Robert Wright for next week’s show, I came across this passage, which reminded me of a conversation I had with a Hindu Sanyasi when I was 16. In Hinduism, “God” has different definitions depending on what appeals to you. For example, in my family, I grew up understanding that all the different deities were forms of one personal being. But working in India, I met people who literally believed every deity existed as a separate identity — true polytheism. And this Sanyasi was my first exposure to the idea of God not as a personal being.

December 02, 2009

A stirring scene from Bill T. Jones' musical "Fela" inspired us to learn more about orisas.

November 20, 2009

A classic comic on faith in equations. "You take two numbers and when you add them, they magically become one new number!"

November 19, 2009

Adele Diamond studies how social dramatic play can build "executive function" (EF) skills in children's brains. EF is a container term for capacities like inhibitory control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility.

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November 12, 2009

Fact-checking for this program leads down a puzzling path searching for a famous quote.

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November 05, 2009

As we send this program on the airwaves, Armstrong is preparing to unveil her "Charter for Compassion" to the world.

August 07, 2009

Visualizing responses to a Physics World survey on religion and science.

July 14, 2009

The executive producer of Battlestar Galactica speaks to Winston's students about the religious influences embedded in the original 1978 version, including Mormon theology, numerology, and the signs of the zodiac.

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June 22, 2009

Krista's conversation with Le Pichon draws connections to Karl Jaspers and Karen Armstrong.

June 03, 2009

Carefully selecting language in an invitation for expressions of Muslim identity.

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