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Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey

Sarah Pulliam Bailey is a national correspondent for RNS, covering how faith intersects with politics, culture and other news. She previously served as online editor for Christianity Today where she remains an editor-at-large.


  1. But he didn’t have to die! These people equate lack of faith for the cheif reason for getting bitten, then when he dies at home refusing medical treatment they all praise his faith. Religious picking and choosing-again!

  2. Cathy Lynn Grossman, who wrote the article “God knows, scientists are more religious than you think” should take note of the honesty Peggy Payne showed in her article “COMMENTARY: Allergic to sex? On book pulping and pursed lips.”

    In this article Payne not only disclosed that Penguin India had published one of her novels, but that she “write(s) novels that intertwine explicit sexuality and religious faith, two of them involving Hinduism”.

    Open honesty is very professional.

    However the article written by Grossman, was based on finding that hinged on a study by sociologist Elaine Howard Ecklund. A study funded ($2 million) by the Templeton Foundation, and (shockingly) supports precisely what the Templeton Foundation is all about.

    One has to wonder, why did Grossman not include this information in the article? Lazy journalism? Checked but didn’t feel it was relevant? Were other motivations at play?

    Also not reveled to the readers was that the author claims as one of her honors, a Templeton Journalism Fellowship in Science and Religion in 2005. Coincidence?

    The Templeton foundation seeks to legitimize religion by working to make it seemingly compatible with science, that is their agenda. A study that shows scientists as believers in religion goes a long way towards this agenda, as does the dissemination of this “study” via an article written and posted on the internet by an author who doesn’t bother to fog up the message with information about the group who paid for the study, or that the author has a connection to this group as well.

    If you’re wondering why I posted all this here instead of on the article itself, it is because the comment I posted on Grossman’s article was not allowed to be shown. One has to question why this is as well. Computer glitch? Censorship?

    Religion is not only dishonest, it is poison!!

      • Great to hear. By the way, I just tried to copy and paste from what I wrote in Word, and once again it will not work. Don’t know the issue, but glad it is not purposeful. You have restored my faith 😉