Faith and Public Life

The Daily Circuit features a weeklong discussion about faith: What people believe, why they believe it and how it shapes their politics.

  • Tanya Luhrmann on "When God Talks Back"
    Stanford anthropologist Tanya Luhrmann was intrigued by recent polls showing that more Americans are experiencing a personal relationship with God. Her new book examines what that relationship looks like.The Daily Circuit, May 6, 2012
  • The rise in nondenominational churches
    "If the nation's independent and nondenominational churches were combined into a single group they would represent the third largest cluster of congregations in the country," says a new study of religion.The Daily Circuit, May 6, 2012
  • Did Jesus exist?
    In 'Did Jesus Exist?' Bart D. Ehrman looks at the atheists, humanists, and conspiracy theorists who are asking about the existence of Jesus in the religious context.The Daily Circuit, May 7, 2012
  • The growing popularity of religious books
    Just 50 years ago, it would have been difficult to find many religious books at the bookstore. Today, religious books fill entire sections in bookstores around the world. What does the popularity of religious books say about our culture?The Daily Circuit, May 8, 2012
  • Are we born to believe?
    Justin Barrett, author of the new book "Born Believers," will join The Daily Circuit Wednesday. He argues that children have an innate desire to believe in a higher power.The Daily Circuit, May 8, 2012
  • Environmentalism as a religious cause
    Many religions argue that humans must protect the earth because God gave it to us. How does this mindset fit into the larger debate about the environment and does it cross political divides?The Daily Circuit, May 9, 2012
  • Atheism in America
    We've been looking at issues pertaining to faith and public life this week, but today we are going to look at issues surrounding a lack of faith. What are the major issues facing non-believers, and where do they fit in a society of theists?The Daily Circuit, May 9, 2012
  • Friday Roundtable: Local faith leaders
    Three faith leaders talk about the role of faith in public life in this roundtable discussion.The Daily Circuit, May 10, 2012
  • Best books about faith
    What's your favorite book about religion?

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