Category Archives: Publications

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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Investigating the Social Cost of Atheism in the US

Kyle Thompson discusses the findings of a recent U.S. study which examined how perceived religiosity might influence appraisals of moral behaviour, considers the possible social consequences for nonreligious people, and suggests avenues for future research on this topic. I was … Continue reading

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Atheists are Believers

Stephen LeDrew asserts that atheism is not simply the negation or absence of religion but that it involves a complex array of epistemological, ethical and political beliefs. In the Winter 2013 issue of Sociology of Religion my article (LeDrew 2013a) … Continue reading

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The Resurrection of The Sociology of Irreligion

Colin Campbell, Professor Emeritus in Sociology, was a pioneer in the social scientific study of irreligion but after the 1971 publication of his groundbreaking book, Toward a Sociology of Irreligion, he — and sociology — moved in other directions. On … Continue reading

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