Nancy Ammerman

Nancy Ammerman is Professor of Sociology of Religion at Boston University and has been writing about evangelicals since Bible Believers: Fundamentalists in the Modern World (Rutgers University Press, 1987) and Baptist Battles: Social Change and Religious Conflict in the Southern Baptist Convention (RUP, 1990). Her current research, funded by the Templeton Foundation, explores "Spiritual Narratives in Everyday Life."

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Thursday, September 29th, 2016

Call for Comments: Writing religion for the IPSP

International Panel on Social ProgressCan we hope for a better society? That is the animating question behind an ambitious project, the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP). Inspired by Amartya Sen, the project is modeled after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is guided by a scientific council and a steering committee. It exists to “harness the competence of hundreds of experts about social issues” and to “deliver a report addressed to all social actors, movements, organizations, politicians, and decision-makers, in order to provide them with the best expertise on questions that bear on social change.”

Also modeled on the IPCC, drafts of the chapter reports are now available for public comment. Prompted by David Smilde, this is our invitation to the readers of The Immanent Frame to join that conversation. To read the chapter on religion and provide critical comments, visit the IPSP commenting platform.

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Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Telling the old, old story

Just when we thought we knew what to expect from evangelicals, they seem to be changing again. After more than two decades of developing a public identity as loyal Republican “values voters”—replacing their earlier image as otherworldly, backwoods bible-thumpers—evangelicals seem determined to confound our social scientific wisdom again. Just who are these people? In spite of the difficulty of definition and the constantly shifting terrain, I want to argue that there is a “there” there, but it lies in the stories being told more than in any theological or demographic categories. […]

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