While it provides many health benefits, pinning down the precise effects of belief in God is difficult
Choral singing is great for health: It engages people mentally and physically. There is also a strong social networking benefit of a shared activity that is often emotionally uplifting. Now, if this experience occurs in a church service, does it produce even greater well-being and happiness? Is there, in short, a God dividend?
This is the first of a short series of columns, so I'll begin with a brief introduction. I'm the producer and presenter of a radio show and podcast called Little Atoms. It's a talk show mainly concerned with popular science and... more ››
Readers who think I am preoccupied with political issues may find it interesting to learn that I lecture on the subject of happiness more than any other single topic. And, every Friday for the past 12 years, I have devoted an... more ››
Some humans are deeply passionate about their meat. They love it, they gnash their teeth for it. In her 2006 spiritual travelogueEat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert confessed a kind of affinity with the sensual Tuscan culture of... more ››