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Kresta in the Afternoon – September 2, 2013 – Hour 1

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America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists

  • Description: A few years ago, a debate between atheists and religious believers spilled out from the halls of academia and the pews of America’s churches and into the public spotlight. A crop of atheist manifestos led the charge, surmounting and holding the tops of the nonfiction bestseller lists. This offensive brought on an outpouring of religious rebuttals. As both sides exchanged spirited volleys, accusations were leveled; myths, stereotypes, and strawmen arguments were perpetuated; and bitter hostility filled the air. Today many of these misconceptions and myths linger on, along with the generally acrimonious spirit of the debate. Distinguished researcher Rodney Stark joins us to clear the air of this hostility and debunk many of the debate’s most widely perpetuated misconceptions by drawing from an expansive pool of sociological findings. Looking at the measurable effects of religious faith and practice on American society, Stark rises above the fray and focuses exclusively on facts. His findings may surprise many, atheists and believers alike.
  • Segment Guests:
    • Rodney Stark
      Distinguished Professor of the Social Sciences and codirector of the Institute for Studies of Religion. , Baylor University
    • Resources:
      • Book(s):
        • America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists
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America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists (continued)

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America's Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists (continued)


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