ISSN: 1522-5658

Volume 24 (2022)

Articles

Who Lynches on the Frontier? Select Jesuit References and the Wild West Paradigm

Julia Fleming, Creighton University
[ Abstract ] [ Article PDF ]

Abortion Legality and Morality: A Preliminary Investigation Examining the Influence of Religiosity on Abortion Attitudes Among a Sample of US Latinxs

María Montenegro, Indiana University
Danny Valdez, Indiana University
Megan Solon, Indiana University
Ronna C. Turner, University of Arkansas
Brandon L. Crawford, Indiana University
Kristen N. Jozkowski, Indiana University
[ Abstract ] [ Article PDF ]

Coronation in Physics: String Theory and the Pursuit of the Theory of Everything

Brent Yergensen, Brigham Young University – Hawaii
[ Abstract ] [ Article PDF ]

Essays
& Opinions

Observations on Why Promotors of Italian American Culture Need to Know More: The Italian/American Experience of Religion

Anthony Julian Tamburri, Queens College, City University of New York
[ Opinion PDF ]

Contemporary historians of Western lynching point out that the influential frontier justice interpretation has many weaknesses, especially its inattention to the role of race and ethnicity. Selected Jesuit incidental references both reflect the influence of this paradigm and support its contemporary critique by identifying frontier lynching as an Anglo-American practice.
Religiosity is a common predictor of abortion attitudes, especially among US Latinx. In this article, we examine religiosity, operationalized in various ways (e.g., affiliation, beliefs, practices), and abortion attitudes among US Latinx adults. We administered a web-based survey to English and Spanish-speaking US Latinx adults (n=169) using quota-based sampling to achieve demographic diversity. We tested differences in abortion attitudes using k-group median tests. Results indicate participants were less likely to support abortion legality and morality in some circumstances (e.g., if the woman is not married) than others (e.g., if the woman’s life is at risk). Participants who see the Bible as God’s literal word or attend religious services regularly were significantly less likely to support abortion legality or perceive abortion as moral. Biblical literalism and church attendance may be stronger predictors of abortion attitudes than religious identity. These findings highlight how religiosity may predict support for abortion legality and morality across several circumstances among Latinx adults.
This study examines the popularization of string theory in science literature and documentary film, which is presented to audiences with emphasis on the irreconcilability of two key paradigms in physics, quantum mechanics and general relativity, enabling the crowning of string theory as the long-sought “theory of everything.” As string theory is presented as physics’ final theory, a metaphysical rather than empirically based description of the cosmos, its writers draw upon heroic and religious language, and employ descriptions of prophesies of string particles, battling criticism of the theory, and finally a coronation and sainthood identity as the field of physics finally finds its theory of everything.