Responding to the Catholic News Service’s Call for Comment Post-Orlando
Faith / Firearms / Media

Responding to the Catholic News Service’s Call for Comment Post-Orlando

Among the responsibilities of the communications and external relations department of my university is to connect faculty experts with media working in their areas of expertise. So, after major events like the mass murders in San Bernardino and Orlando, my contact in that office usually asks me if I want to comment. For example, after … Continue reading

Awash in a Sea of Faith and Firearms: PBS to Air “The Armor of Light” Documentary on May 10
Faith / Firearms / Media

Awash in a Sea of Faith and Firearms: PBS to Air “The Armor of Light” Documentary on May 10

Unique among the industrial democracies of the modern West, the United States is both “awash in a sea of faith” (to quote historian Jon Butler) and awash in a sea of firearms (as we know from the Small Arms Survey). I have a scholarly paper forthcoming in the┬áJournal for the Scientific Study of Religion┬áthat empirically … Continue reading

Jews Can Shoot
Faith / Firearms

Jews Can Shoot

Even as I launch headlong into my new study of guns, I maintain a presence and interest in the sociology of religion. So, in addition to a not-yet-published article I wrote on religion and gun ownership, I am also constantly on the lookout for things happening at the intersection of guns and religion. Things like … Continue reading