Evolutionary Studies of Religion spreading via German Media
Let me start by apologizing for not having texted that much in English these last months. Besides the fact that English is not my first language (as you have probably noticed already) I have been busy writing and answering to a lot of German media covering evolutionary studies of religion and my field of research, religious demography. The new peak of interest started with coverage in main print media such as the "liberal" SPIEGEL or the "conservative" WELT.
Increasingly, television took notice. My personal peak has been the scientific format "Quarks & Co." with Ranga Yogeshwar, a science commentator I am a great fan of. In the first issue ever on Religion & Faith, evolutionary studies of religion have been covered from minute 8:30 to 19:40.
Regional stations such as the BR (Bavarian Broadcast) contributed pieces, too:
Finally, I was able to publish "Religion und Demografie. Warum es ohne Glauben an Kinder mangelt" presenting my main thesis borne out of ten years of empirical research: Religions, and only religions, are able to motivate human populations to have more than two children per woman on average (especially if the people are educated and wealthy). Wherever religious faith is thinning out, fertility levels are plummeting below replacement level.
Of course, there are now various places to discuss these topics, such as this interview by Dr. Heinz-Hermann Peitz in the Academy of the (Catholic) Diocese Rottenburg-Stuttgart.
It's an exciting time to explore and discuss the evolution of religiosity and religions in various nations and languages. Although it is hard work right now, I am enjoying every single day of it.