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Weekly Digest: How the Pandemic Changed American Religion
Welcome to my weekly digest for January 13, 2023.
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How the Pandemic Changed American Religion
New research from the American Enterprise Institute looks at how the pandemic changed the religious landscape in America. While few people changed their religious affiliation, you won’t be surprised to hear there was a decline in attendance.
This seems to have mostly affected younger people, again unsurprisingly.
Conservatives, older Americans, married adults, and college-educated Americans reported less of a decline in regular worship attendance than other Americans did. In fact, their frequency of attendance at religious services was largely similar before and after the pandemic. In contrast, young adults (age 18 to 29), liberals and moderates, and Americans without a college degree were all more likely to never attend religious services before and after the pandemic.
But it does seem to be a pervasive trend.
Note here again the widely observed finding that the more education someone has, the more likely he is to attend religious services. That’s not the image our society conveys about religion.
There are more graphs in there so check the whole thing out.
This is an accurate summation of all too many evangelical husbands.
Imagine believing this is a patriarchal religion. A great example of the “ha, ha, only serious” genre.
Best of the Web
Andrew Tate, the online menu’s guru with an enormous audience that I previously wrote about, has been arrested for sex trafficking in Romania. Given that he brags about having a harem of cam girls and that he has corrupt government officials on the take, this should come as no surprise. In the UK, teachers are looking to deprogram boys who were under his influence.
Rob Henderson: Darwinian Hero's Journey in Aladdin
Matthew Crawford: Was the sexual revolution a government psy-op?
NYT: The Year Pop’s Men Dismantled Their Masculinity - no thanks.
Discipleship and Dominion: But who does the dishes?
CNN: ‘Tradwives’ promote a lifestyle that evokes the 1950s. But their nostalgia is not without controversy - speaking of doing the dishes. I believe the 1950s housewife lifestyle has long been present in the fetish role playing world, and I would not be surprised if there’s an element of that with this - consciously or not.
Evan Rosenfeld provides a cautionary tale of what happens if you build a business entirely on someone else’s platform.
WSJ: Your Coworkers Are Less Ambitious; Bosses Adjust to the New Order - people today increasingly realize that the social contract has been broken, and are acting accordingly. These workers are rightly treating their job like what it is: a transaction.
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New Content and Media Mentions
New this week:
Prince Harry, Spare Thyself - my look at Prince Harry’s new memoir, Spare. While I find many of the criticisms of him valid, I also recognize that he was put into a really lousy position in life.
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Paul Ehrlich, author of the now-infamous book The Population Bomb in 1968, is still at it. He was recently on 60 doing his same ol’ schtick. Here’s what he said back in 1970 regarding we should be doing about people who have too many kids.