Category Archives: Historical

Victorian secularism in 5 objects

In this post, Katherine Sissons takes us on a whistle stop tour of Victorian secularism through five objects. The objects are of valuable historical interest, but also to those interested in the material cultures of nonreligious and secular groups.  The London Underground; street lighting; the … Continue reading

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‘She has forgotten her sex’: On the history of women and non-religion

Suvi Karila discusses the historical roots of the problematic intersection of womanhood and non-religion in the context of the 19th century United States. Karila suggests that the actual experiences of unbeliever women not only in the present, but also in … Continue reading

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God-blasters vs Philosophical Atheists: Real and Perceived Divisions Among Unbelievers

Elliot Hanowski draws on the history of Canadian unbelief to argue that ideological labels should not overshadow the pragmatic way unbelievers of all stripes actually behaved when dealing with the broader society. Ideas never stay pure and unadulterated when they … Continue reading

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The Paradoxes of Secularism in Contemporary Japan

Jason Ānanda Josephson discusses evidence from Japan regarding the complexity of  employing Euro-American understanding of concepts such as religion, nonreligion and secularism  in other cultural contexts. Probably the most surprising Japanese bestseller of 1996 was a short monograph written in a … Continue reading

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‘Atheist Churches’ Aren’t New

The formation of the Sunday Assembly in London, and its offshoots in other parts of the world, have attracted the attention of the media; however, such types of nonreligious gathering are not entirely new. Nathan Alexander provides an overview of … Continue reading

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