Religion and Guns Research Digested in Academic Minute

For those of you who would rather listen to me explain my recent article on religion and guns in America than read it, you can do so thanks to WAMC Public Radio’s Academic Minute program, which is also available on the Inside Higher Education website. Or if you are a real glutton for statistical punishment, … Continue reading Religion and Guns Research Digested in Academic Minute

On the Ideal of Ethical Neutrality in Research on America’s Culture Wars

I am not sure what it says about me, but in my career as a sociologist, I have been drawn to some of the more controversial issues of my time. What James Davison Hunter way back in 1991 called “culture wars.” Culture wars, according to Hunter, are “struggles to define America,” and have been fought … Continue reading On the Ideal of Ethical Neutrality in Research on America’s Culture Wars

Three Blog Posts on Initiation in the Contemporary Catholic Church

Oxford University Press was good enough to allow me to write three blog posts this Easter weekend with my thoughts on initiation in the contemporary Catholic Church. Here are links to the three posts: Initiation into America's Original Megachurch (18 April 2014) Reinventing Rites of Passage in Contemporary America (19 April 2014) Easter Rites of … Continue reading Three Blog Posts on Initiation in the Contemporary Catholic Church

Enter to Win a Free Copy of My Book “Becoming Catholic” from Goodreads

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Concealed Carry Nation: Understanding Armed Citizens in 21st Century America

THE FOLLOWING IS A PROPOSAL I WROTE IN OCTOBER 2012 (PRE-SANDY HOOK) TO SECURE FUNDING FOR A RESEARCH PROJECT ON AMERICA AS A "CONCEALED CARRY NATION," PART OF A LARGER PROJECT I AM INITIATING ON AMERICA'S GUN CULTURES. On July 20th of this year, James Holmes entered a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises … Continue reading Concealed Carry Nation: Understanding Armed Citizens in 21st Century America

My New Research on America’s Gun Cultures – From Tragedy to Understanding

In the fall of 2001, I received word that I would spend the 2002-2003 academic year at the University of Virginia’s Center on Religion and Democracy. I had a postdoctoral fellowship to work on my book, The Catholic Church in State Politics, which focused on the role of conferences of Catholic bishops in lobbying state … Continue reading My New Research on America’s Gun Cultures – From Tragedy to Understanding