Tag Archives: nonreligion

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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What Religion is your Baby?

In this post Katherine Sissons reflects on the Census 2011. She discusses the statistically significant relationship between gender and reliosity in female and male babies and young children (aged 0-4). What impact might this have for understanding the ‘nones’ and … 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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Event Report: The Third Annual International Conference of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network: Explaining Nonreligion and Secularity in the U.S. and Beyond

Joseph Blankholm participated in the annual conference of the NSRN, held at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, on November 19th and 20th, 2014. In the following, he summarizes some of the findings that scholars presented and takes stock of the … 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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Celebrating Christmas without religion: Katherine Sissons looks back at the festive season

Before the new year dust settles and we leave January, Katherine Sissons takes a look back at Christmas. In this article, she considers the question: ‘What do atheists do at Christmas?’ Drawing on interviews with her London based atheist participants, Katherine argues … Continue reading

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The BASR Atheism and Nonreligion Panel

On 4th September 2014 Lorna Mumford was part of the ‘Discursive and Material Approaches to the Study of Atheism and Non-religion’ panel at the British Association for the Study of Religions’ annual conference hosted by The Open University in Milton … 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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Event Report: The Association for the Sociology of Religion Annual Meeting

Amanda Schutz sat in on a session covering issues of nonreligion at the Association for the Sociology of Religion annual meeting, which took place in San Francisco, California, 13th-15th of August. Here, she shares her interpretations of these presentations and … Continue reading

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