Monthly Archives: September 2009

Who are the cafeteria Catholics?

I was curious as to the effect of Catholicism, especially when it comes to “life” issues. The GSS has a range of questions on capital punishment and abortion. I looked at ABRAPE, which basically asks if you think abortion should … Continue reading

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Attitudes of Republicans & Conservatives by demographic to evolution

Update: Welcome Hot Air readers! This post reports data from the The General Social Survey, it is *not* a post to debate the presumed merits of the Creationist controversy! I used the EVOLVED variable, which asked: Human beings, as we … Continue reading

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Conservative elites are conflicted on evolution, liberals are not

On one of my other weblogs I point out how anti-evolutionary sentiment seems particularly contingent on two variables: 1) Literalism about the Bible (a rough measure of “fundamentalism”). 2) Lack of educational socialization (i.e., not going to college and learning … Continue reading

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Rule by Good Men

Since Heather’s post on Karen Armstrong I’ve heard her a lot on the radio hawking her new book, The Case for God. From what I can gather her arguments are mostly relevant to religious people; those of us who are … Continue reading

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The Pope rebukes the Czech Republic

Vaclav Klaus, president of the Czech Republic, gave an unapologetic defense of capitalism at the Cato Institute last week.  The recent economic crisis did not result from too much economic liberty, he argued, nor would it be solved by greater … Continue reading

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Economic conundrum

We often hear that high labor costs and excessive regulation have hurt the United States’ ability to compete globally in manufacturing.  Yet one of the goals of the recently concluded G-20 summit was to persuade Germany, no less than China, to … Continue reading

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Not Quite All There

It’s not exactly news that Carl Jung was a rum ‘un, but even so this piece from the New York Times is a reminder that the irrational will always be with us, perhaps too much of a reminder. Here’s an … Continue reading

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Religious change in the parties

Comment below: As this shift occurred what happened with the proportion of white Catholics in the Democratic Party? Did it similarly fall, hold steady or rise? Is there a story there? Have you GSS blogged on the differences between Democratic … Continue reading

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The rise of the Secular Left, II

Chris below has an excellent comment: Drawing the stacked-bars equally high when the total size of the groups they represent is substantially different creates a very misleading visual perception. I suggest redrawing with the y-axis “% of total population” – … Continue reading

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Religion and the humanities

I recently attended an interesting lecture on the decline of the humanities by Georgetown political science professor Patrick Deneen.  Deneen’s overarching point echoed that of Allan Bloom’s in The Closing of the American Mind: The rise of the research university … Continue reading

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