Category Archives: Expanding the Field

Time to name a movement?

In this post, Ryan Cragun asks if it is time to give nonreligious movements a name. If so, what might this name be? And how, as an academic, can he avoid the pitfalls of labeling a group from the outside – rather than … Continue reading

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The Blind Spot in the Study of Religion

Religion’s Impact on the Nonbelievers In this post [i],  Petra Klug, discusses what questions may be raised regarding the definition of religion, in light of a recent focus on, and understandings of, nonreligious and irreligious populations.  In recent years, we’ve … Continue reading

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Reflections from the Field: Deconversion, Irreligion and Practical Nonreligion The Case of Leaving Ultra Orthodox Judaism

In this post, Louis Frankenthaler draws on his research with Ultra Orthodox Jewish communities to explore narratives of leaving religion, which he describes as rich in moral and social dilemmas. He also discusses the extent to which deconversion may be understood as an expression of … Continue reading

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Sam Harris’ “Waking Up” Spotlights the Possibility of Secular Spirituality

In this post Kyle Thompson reviews Sam Harris’ new book. In it Thompson explores Harris’ argument that spirituality and nonreligion are compatible signalling an interesting departure from his scientific atheist perspective. Thompson argues that this shift in atheist discourse is one researchers of nonreligion should … Continue reading

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Disaster and Nonreligion: Secular Theodicy from Japan

  Christopher Craig Brittain discusses how the work of artist Koki Tanaka (produced in response to the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in 2011) demonstrates ways individuals respond and adapt to situations of adversity by creating new discourses of … Continue reading

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That Bunch of Atheists? A Short Introduction to the NSRN

In our introductory post NSRN director and founder, Lois Lee, discusses the work of the NSRN, the vision behind the new NS blog, and recounts her experience of the common mis-conflation of nonreligion and secularity research with atheism and atheist … Continue reading

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