June 22, 2013 | permalink
Are the culture wars determined by demographics? Population-minded economists predict that larger birthrates among the religious, coupled with declining birthrates among religious moderates and the nonreligious, will shape the outcome of our present-day battles over the proper role of religion in government. Our culture wars, they say, are decided by a “competition of cradles.” The fly in the ointment, of course, is that soon after leaving those cradles, children develop an ability to think for themselves, and don’t always behave – or vote – the way their elders would like. My latest in Religion Dispatches.