Religion and Society

Worshiper in African American church

Excavating the Spiritual Genius of Black People

December 4, 2018

“Mouths don’t empty themselves unless ears are sympathetic and knowing,” wrote the twentieth-century anthropologist and novelist Zora Neale Hurston in Mules and Men, her collection of African American oral histories, sermons, songs, and folk tales. Hurston’s words could have been a mantra for sociocultural anthropologist Todne Thomas, who embedded herself in Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American religious communities in the American South as research for her forthcoming book.... Read more about Excavating the Spiritual Genius of Black People

Robert Jones, founder of PRRI. Photo by Jonathan Beasley/HDS

Worry in White, Christian America

February 26, 2018

Robert Jones, the founder and CEO of Public Religion Research Institute, characterized white, Christian America as representing centuries of cultural, political, and economic domination. Over the last couple of decades, however, demographics and culture have shifted dramatically, he said during a conversation at HDS with journalist and political analyst E.J. Dionne.

PRRI CEO Robert Jones

The End of White Christian America

February 14, 2018

Robert Jones is the founder and CEO of the Public Religion Research Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to conducting independent research at the intersection of religion, culture, and public policy. On Wednesday, February 21, at 5:15 pm, in the Sperry Room of HDS’s Andover Hall, Jones will discuss his latest book The End of White Christian America, with Washington Post columnist and HDS William H. Bloomberg Visiting Professor E. J. Dionne.... Read more about The End of White Christian America