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Atheism and Societal Health  

Phil Zuckerman

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
This article examines the strong correlation that currently exists between high levels of secularity in a given society positive societal well-being. By looking at the most and least ... More

How the Media Got Secularism—With a Little Help from the New Atheists  

Richard P. Cimino and Christopher Smith

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Nov 2014
This article examines the increased coverage of atheism by newspapers, especially elite newspapers such as the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also looks at the role of the ... More

Humanism and Its Critics  

Slavica Jakelić

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Jun 2020
The most significant contemporary challenges to humanism do not come from critics who relegate it to anti-religiousness or exclusively immanent concerns, but from those who critique ... More

Humanism and Technology  

Cor van der Weele and Henk van den Belt

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Jun 2020
The chapter argues that in human relations with technology, assumptions about ourselves are just as crucial as assumptions about technology. Neither the optimistic traditional humanist ... More

Humanism as a Religious Orientation?  

William Hart

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Jan 2020
Atheism, humanism, and naturalism are three expressions of nontheism. They are “ideal types,” abstractions from the empirical messiness of the phenomena they describe. These types represent ... More

Humanism in Europe  

Stefan Schröder

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Apr 2020
This chapter addresses secular humanism in Europe and the way it is “lived” by and within its major institutions and organizations. It examines how national and international secular ... More

India  

Johannes Quack

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
This article introduces the aims and activities of atheist, humanist and rationalist groups with a focus on the lived experiences of atheists in present-day India. At the same time it ... More

Japan  

Sarah Whylly

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Nov 2013
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Oct 2013
What does it mean to be an atheist in Japan and what do the Japanese understand to be the difference between being non-religious and being atheist? When and under what conditions do such ... More

North America  

Ryan T. Cragun, Joseph H. Hammer, and Jesse M. Smith

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Nov 2013
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Dec 2013
This essay provides an overview of what is known about atheists in North America. It begins with estimates of the total number of atheists in North America, including Central America, ... More

Soviet Atheism and Its Aftermath  

Sonja Luehrmann

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Feb 2017
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Jan 2017
If Soviet atheism is a variety of secularism, it more resembles eliminationist movements viewing religions as obstacles to the political integration of citizens into the state. Before World ... More

Western Europe  

Lois Lee

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Nov 2013
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Jul 2013
A particular affinity between Western Europe and atheism is commonly perceived. This essay outlines the ways in which especially histories of atheism and secularization have described and ... More

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