Waco Tribune-Herald: Predominantly African-American church vandalized with Nazi, politically-charged symbols
Aug. 11, 2017
Jerry Z. Park, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences who studies racial and religious prejudice, is quoted in this article about racist graffiti that was found last week at a predominantly black Baptist church in McLennan County. “Swastikas represent the Aryan nationalism or white nationalism that the Nazi party endorsed around World War II,” Park said. “For them, that racial purity not only extended to Jews, who were the primary target, but also to anyone who is not Aryan. That would include African-Americans. It wouldn’t surprise me if there is some cooptation of that ideology with anyone who is a white nationalist here in the United States in McLennan County.”
Thomasville (GA) Times-Enterprise: Deep thinking on the paranormal
Aug. 6, 2017
Carson Mencken, Ph.D., chair and professor of sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is quoted in this column on beliefs about the paranormal. The 2008 Baylor Religion Survey found that traditional Christian religion greatly decreases credulity, as measured by beliefs in such things as dreams, Bigfoot, UFOs, haunted houses, communicating with the dead and astrology.
The New York Times: Can People Change After Middle Age?
Aug. 4, 2017
Opinion piece by political and cultural commentator David Brooks about whether people can change after middle age. In it, he mentions Paul Froese, professor of sociology and author of “On Purpose: How We Create the Meaning of Life,” and what Froese calls “existential urgency.” Froese, who researches sociology of meaning and religion, is director of Baylor Religion Survey.