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Baylor Proud: Meet Baylor’s nationally recognized expert on religious beliefs and practices
Oct. 10, 2017
Kevin D. Dougherty, Ph.D., associate professor and graduate program director in sociology in Baylor’s College of Arts & Sciences, is one of Baylor’s recognized experts on topics that have real-world applications in churches across the country, such as racial diversity in congregations, congregational growth and decline, religious affiliation and participation, and the impact of religion on other areas of life such as community involvement, politics and work. Dougherty’s interest in sociology isn’t limited to religion, however; he also regularly writes and speaks about innovative teaching, with some of his research focusing on how students learn.

Big Questions Online: Should We Fear Robots?
Oct. 9, 2017
Q&A with Baylor sociologist Paul McClure about his research into how people are responding emotionally and psychologically to the latest wave of automation. Elimination of some humans’ jobs by automation is not new, but the scope has changed to include some aspects of tax preparation, crop surveying, filling of prescriptions and reviewing of legal documents. Of 1,500 respondents in McClure’s study, 37 percent were “technophobic.”

Baptist News Global: Longer church commutes OK with Christians wary of ‘evangelical gimmicks’
Sept. 27, 2017
Article about how drive time to church affects attendance cites findings from the recent Baylor Religion Survey. Most churchgoers — almost 70 percent — drive 15 minutes or less to get to Sunday worship. “The gap between a person’s place of residence and their place of worship has implications,” the study said. “Half of Americans who live within 15 minutes of the place of worship report attending religious services weekly or more. “As the distance from a congregation increases, the likelihood of weekly attendance decreases.”

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