Archive: Robert P. Jones
A poll, conducted by Public Religion Research Institute in partnership with Religion News Service, reveals that while a majority (56%) of the public may think the hearings are a good idea, they don't see eye-to-eye with Rep. King on his justifications for the hearings.
By Robert P. Jones | March 8, 2011; 09:33 AM ET | Comments (19)
Americans harbor some real fears about religious extremism and its connection to violence. At the same time, Americans are guided by a fundamental sense of fairness, and they want to look broadly at the problem of religious extremism wherever it exists rather than preemptively singling out the Muslim community.
By Robert P. Jones | February 24, 2011; 03:13 PM ET | Comments (18)
The Evangelical-Mormon question for 2012 will be whether the theological differences and "bloody blows" --or the pragmatism of political "blood brothers" --governs this emerging relationship.
By Robert P. Jones | February 11, 2011; 01:42 PM ET | Comments (16)
Republican and Catholic leaders may find themselves increasingly out of touch with their constituents and congregants on gay marriage.
By Robert P. Jones | February 2, 2011; 05:22 PM ET | Comments (9)
So can America, exceptional still among industrialized nations for its high levels of religiosity, also remain exceptional in the sphere of science?
By Robert P. Jones | January 27, 2011; 01:33 PM ET | Comments (16)
This disagreement--one largely about why civility matters--provides a window into the dramatically different world views of liberals and conservatives that lie at the root of our current political conflicts.
By Robert P. Jones | January 13, 2011; 04:50 PM ET | Comments (33)
New research suggests that the end of the so-called "Christmas wars"--battles over how exclusively Christian public greetings or holiday displays should be--may come from a surprising place: Aunt Susan.
By Robert P. Jones | December 21, 2010; 03:43 PM ET | Comments (5)
The fact that the idea of American exceptionalism is alive and well among the general public is not so surprising given its longstanding presence in American cultural DNA. But the current dominance of the exceptionalism-as-divine-hall-pass should concern those who hold in high esteem Winthrop's conception, which made divine exceptionalism dependent upon the moral behavior of the nation rather than the other way around.
By Robert P. Jones | December 3, 2010; 12:36 PM ET | Comments (6)
Inasmuch as the fight over "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is part of the so-called "culture wars," two hunkered down demographic groups (white evangelicals and Republicans) may be waging what could be called "culture's last stand"--a fight manned by an outnumbered coalition cut off from most other groups in the country in their beliefs on this issue.
By Robert P. Jones | November 30, 2010; 11:07 PM ET | Comments (0)
Despite the haste with which the elite leaders of these two groups seem to be proceeding with this shotgun marriage, a closer look at the rank and file members of these groups suggests that, as it is with many couples who rush to the altar without knowing their partner well enough, the road ahead may not be entirely smooth.
By Robert P. Jones | November 18, 2010; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (40)