Category Archives: Research Questions

Religious Nones in Canada: A Qualitative Exploration

In this post Joel Thiessen discusses his research with religious nones in the Canadian context. The post includes a discussion of the perceived benefits of such a position, and how his research participants describe finding meaning and purpose in their lives.  … Continue reading

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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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Discourse Analysis and the Study of Atheism: Definitions, Discourse, and Ethnographic Criticism

In this post Ethan Quillen explores a discursive approach to atheism (and nonreligion) following the theoretical work of von Stuckrad (2003). Quillen suggests that researchers in this area move away from definitions and wrangling over the the meaning of words, and concentrate instead on … Continue reading

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Religious ‘Nones’ Generally Have More Liberal Family Values in Areas of Greater Disaffiliation

Using quantitative studies Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme discusses how religious nones demonstrate greater commitment to liberal family values in areas of high religious disaffiliation, impacting upon the value divide between the unaffiliated and their more religiously committed neighbours. It has been shown … Continue reading

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A Dialectic Atheology – Understanding the Past, Present and Future of Atheism

Charles Devellennes sets out his ideas for developing a dialectic theory of atheology, as an alternative to attempting to unify different forms of atheism. Is there a continuity between various strands of atheism, despite all of their differences? This important … 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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Taking Atheism to School

  Reflecting on her research among women atheists Janet Eccles highlights how encounters with religion in everyday life can shape experiences of lived nonreligiosity. To date little research has been focused on women atheists. Mahlamäki (2012) has argued that in … Continue reading

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Educating ‘Young Nones’ part 1: Young People of No Religion and Religious Education

In the first of a two part series reflecting on his research among school-aged ‘young nones’ in Britain, Simeon Wallis discusses the emphasis on propositional beliefs within religious education, and the debate around the inclusion of secular philosophies in RE. … Continue reading

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