Daniel Darling, author, pastor, speaker / Posts tagged "research"

What We Can Learn from the #icebucketchallenge

Unless you've been living under a rock, you have undoubtedly had your Facebook timeline inundated with friends, family, and celebrities doing the #icebucketchallenge. Everyone from people you don't know to Mitt Romney (in a suit!), former President George W. Bush, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have dumped large buckets of water on their head to raise awareness and support to fight ALS. I recommend a short article by my ERLC colleagues Andrew Walker and Joe Carter to help you discern where to allocate funding for ALS research. But I want to think through what helpful things we can learn about why this successful viral campaign worked. 1) It was easy to understand and easy to execute.  Very simple. Take a bucket of water and pour it over your head (or have someone pour it over your head), record it, post it, and tag someone else who has 24 hours to do the same thing. It's easy...

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Friday Five: Bradley Wright

How often have you heard, in the last year, some alarming statistics that “prove” young kids are sprinting away from the church, that Christianity in the West will die in the next generation, and that the world thinks Christians are idiots? If so, then today’s Friday Five will challenge some of those statistical assumptions.

I’m delighted to interview Bradley R.E. Wright. Brad Wright is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Connecticut where he studies American Christianity. He received his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin, where he was trained in social psychology and criminology. He has authored twenty scholarly articles and two books: Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites… and Other Lies You’ve Been Told (2010), and Upside: Surprising Good News about the State of Our World (2011). Hypocrites won the Christianity Today Book of the Year Award for Christianity and Culture.

Do Christians Rely Too Much on Statistical Research?

With a title like that, I'm sure to stir up some controversy. But lately I've been reading through Bradley Wright's magnificent book, Why Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites and Other Lies You've Been Told. In this book, Wright, a sociologist at the University of Connecticut and an evangelical Christian, looks at major polling data on evangelicals and debunks many of the myths we've come to believe. Among them is the well-worn warning, "Christianity will be dead in a generation." This is a common premise in a lot of well-meaning books and seminars. The idea is that we're doing church all wrong and if we don't get our act together, we'll lose all of our kids to the world. And there are estimates ranging from 70-80% of young evangelicals will walk away from the faith. Wright looks at every major poll that supposedly predicts this, compares them to historical trends, and says, "Not so...

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