This is an interesting, secular take on politics and the pulpit in American life from Foreign Affairs: Exactly how does religion operate in U.S. politics? What came before and after the mid-twentieth-century period? And what’s likely to happen next in American religious politics?
http://online.worldmag.com/2011/08/10/showing-no-empathy/ "Children of boomers... have recorded the lowest rates of measured empathy in American history, according to new research."
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