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date: 22 August 2019

(p. xi) List of Contributors

(p. xi) List of Contributors

Branko Ančić is a sociologist working at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, Croatia. He is currently completing a PhD thesis on the relationship between religion and health, specifically within the context of religious community as a social resource significant for an individual’s health.

David P. Barash holds a PhD in zoology and is Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the author of numerous research articles and 32 books, most recently Homo Mysterious: Evolutionary Puzzles of Human Nature.

Jacques Berlinerblau is Associate Professor and Director of the Program for Jewish Civilization in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His most recent book is How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom.

Paul A. Bertagnolli, Associate Professor of Musicology at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music, has published articles in 19th-Century Music, the Journal of Musicology, the Journal of the American Liszt Society, and various conference proceedings and edited collections. His interest in musical atheism stems from his study of a cantata by C. Hubert H. Parry, included in Prometheus in Music: Representations of the Myth in the Romantic Era.

Kimberly A. Blessing is Chair and Professor of Philosophy at Buffalo State College, Buffalo, New York. She is the co-editor of Movies and the Meaning of Life.

Irena Borowik, Professor at Jagiellonian University, Poland, is a sociologist of religion in the Institute of Sociology and has been president of Nomos Publishing House since 1991. She is interested in theoretical and methodological problems of the sociology of religion, religious change in post-communist countries, and in the religiosity of European societies.

Melanie Elyse Brewster is Assistant Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, and is working on several projects regarding experiences of workplace discrimination among LGBTQ populations, as well as projects on identity development and ‘coming out’ as atheist. She is author of Atheists in America.

Callum G. Brown is Professor of Late Modern European History at the University of Glasgow, and the author of 11 books, including The Death of Christian Britain and, (p. xii) most recently, Religion and the Demographic Revolution: Women and Secularisation in Canada, Ireland, UK and USA since the 1960s.

Stephen Bullivant is Senior Lecturer in Theology and Ethics at St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, UK. He has been a director of the international and interdisciplinary Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (<>) since its inception in 2008, and is the author of two books: The Salvation of Atheists and Catholic Dogmatic Theology and Faith and Unbelief.

Zhuo Chen holds a Master’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and is currently in the doctoral psychology programme at the University of Oregon. He has published several articles in the psychology of religion.

Ryan T. Cragun is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa. His research focuses on the nonreligious, secularization, and Mormonism.

Brian Davies is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Fordham University, NY, and Honorary Professor, Faculty of Philosophy and Theology, Australian Catholic University. His publications include The Thought of Thomas Aquinas; Thomas Aquinas on God and Evil; and, co-edited with Eleonore Stump, The Oxford Handbook of Aquinas.

Taner Edis is Professor of Physics at Truman State University, Kirksville, MO. He has a close interest in the history and philosophy of science and the relationship of science and religion, particularly Islam. His books include The Ghost in The Universe: God in Light of Modern Science and An Illusion of Harmony: Science and Religion in Islam.

Mark Edwards holds a doctorate in classics from the University of Oxford, and has been for twenty years Lecturer in Patristic Theology at the same institution.

J. Sage Elwell is Assistant Professor of Religion, Art, and Visual Culture at Texas Christian University. He is author of Crisis of Transcendence: A Theology of Digital Art and Culture. He also writes in the areas of suffering and embodiment, the aesthetics of atrocity, religion and film, and atheism and the arts and works as an artist in digital media, photography, and book art.

Miguel Farias specializes in the psychology of beliefs. He has conducted experiments with religious and atheist populations in a variety of settings, including brain imaging laboratories, pilgrimage sites, and prisons. He lives and lectures in Oxford.

Jessica Frazier is Fellow of the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, and Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Kent. She is Founding Editor of The Journal of Hindu Studies, and her publications include The Continuum Companion to Hindu Studies; Reality, Religion and Passion: Indian and Western Approaches in Hans-Georg Gadamer and Rupa Gosvami; and Thinking Inside the Box: The Concept of Categories in Indian Philosophy.

(p. xiii) A. C. Grayling is Professor of Philosophy and Master of the New College of the Humanities, London. He is the author of, among many other books, Against All Gods: Six Polemics on Religion and an Essay on Kindness, and The Good Book: A Secular Bible.

Joseph H. Hammer is a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology at Iowa State University. His research focuses on stigma, with specific attention to how it impacts diverse individuals' willingness to seek counselling and psychological well-being.

Ralph W. Hood Jr. is Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He is a former editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion and a recipient of the William James award of the Division of the Psychology of Religion of the American Psychological Association.

Karen Hwang is Research Associate at the Center for Atheist Research, and was formerly Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medical Rehabilitation at University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey. Her current interest is in the medical and psychological correlates of religion and atheism in the US population, and the consequences of anti-atheist discrimination.

Ariela Keysar is Associate Research Professor in Public Policy and Law and the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College, Connecticut. She is Principal Investigator of the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS), and is the co-author of American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population and the co-editor of Secularism and Secularity: Contemporary International Perspectives.

Alan Charles Kors is Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the author of D’Holbach’s Coterie: An Enlightenment in Paris and Atheism in France, 1660–1729: The Orthodox Sources of Disbelief, and in 2005 was awarded the National Humanities Medal. He was editor-in-chief of Oxford’s Encyclopedia of the Enlightenment.

Barry A. Kosmin is Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC) and Research Professor, Public Policy and Law, at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. He is also joint editor of Secularism & Nonreligion and has been Principal Investigator since 1990 of the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS).

Jonathan A. Lanman is Lecturer in Cognition and Culture at Queen’s University Belfast. He holds both a DPhil and an MSc in Anthropology from Oxford and is interested in applying the theories and tools of both social and cognitive anthropology to issues in the study of religion, atheism, morality, and intergroup relations.

Stephen Law is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London. He is the author of Humanism: A Very Short Introduction, and a number of popular introductions to philosophy, including some for children.

(p. xiv) Lois Lee is Research Associate in the Department of Political Science at University College London. She completed a PhD on the sociology of secularity and nonreligion at the Cambridge University in 2012. She has published widely on this topic and is founding director of the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (<>), editor of NSRN Online, and co-editor of Secularism and Nonreligion, as well as features editor for Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism.

T. J. Mawson is Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St Peter’s College in the University of Oxford. He is author of Belief in God and Free Will, as well as various papers in philosophy.

David Nash is Professor of History at Oxford Brookes University. He has written and published books and articles on aspects of secularism and blasphemy in Britain for over twenty-five years, notably Blasphemy in the Christian World.

Juhem Navarro-Rivera is Research Associate at the Public Religion Research Institute, and is completing a PhD at the University of Connecticut. He co-authored the 2008 report American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population (Institute for the Study of Secularism in Culture and Society).

Graham Oppy is Professor of Philosophy and Head of the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies at Monash University. He is the author of, among others, Ontological Arguments and Belief in God, Arguing about Gods, and (with Michael Scott) Reading Philosophy of Religion.

Frank L. Pasquale is an independent scholar and Research Associate with the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Culture and Society (ISSSC), Trinity College, Hartford, CT. His research focuses on forms of secularity (individual and institutional), individualism, culture and the construction of meaning systems.

Michael L. Peterson is Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, KY. Among many other books written or edited, he is the author God and Evil: An Introduction to the Issues, Reason and Religious Belief, and Christian Theism and the Problem of Evil.

Charles Pigden teaches philosophy at the University of Otago. He has edited Russell on Ethics; Hume on Motivation and Virtue; and Hume on Is and Ought.

Nina Power is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University and Tutor in Critical Writing in Art and Design at the Royal College of Art. She is the author of many articles on European philosophy and politics.

Johannes Quack is currently Director of the ‘Diversity of Non-Religiosity’ research group at the Goethe Universität-Frankfurt, and co-directs the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network (<>). He is the author of Disenchanting India: Organized Rationalism and Criticism of Religion in India, and co-edited Religion und Kritik in der Moderne.

(p. xv) Denis J.-J. Robichaud is Assistant Professor in the Program of Liberal Studies, Italian Studies, and the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame.

Michael Ruse is the Lucyle T. Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy and the Director of the Program in the History and Philosophy of Science at Florida State University. He is the author and editor of many books, most recently author of Gaia in Context: Plato to Pagans and editor of The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Darwin and Evolution.

Samuli Schielke is head of the research group In Search of Europe: Considering the Possible in Africa and the Middle East at Zentrum Moderner Orient and external lecturer at the Department of Anthropology of the Free University of Berlin.

Bernard Schweizer, a Professor of English at Long Island University (Brooklyn), specializes in feminist genre studies, ideologies of travel writing, and the literature of disbelief. He is the author of Radicals on the Road: The Politics of Travel Writing in the 1930s; Rebecca West: Heroism, Rebellion, and the Female Epic; and Hating God: The Untold Story of Misotheism.

David Sedley is Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Cambridge, and Fellow of Christ’s College. His books include Creationism and Its Critics in Antiquity.

Andrew Skilton is Senior Research Fellow at King’s College London, and manager of the ‘Revealing Hidden Collections Project’ at the Bodleian Library, Oxford. He has published numerous works on the history and texts of South and Southeast Asian Buddhism, with his latest book being a translation of Harsha’s Nāgananda (How the Nāga’s were Pleased).

Jesse M. Smith is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University. His interests include nonreligion, deviance, and the self.

Victor J. Stenger is Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the University of Colorado and Emeritus Professor of Physics at the University of Hawaii. He is author of twelve books that interface between physics, philosophy, and religion, including the New York Times bestseller God: The Failed Hypothesis. How Science Shows That God Does Not Exist.

Alison Stone is Professor of European Philosophy at Lancaster University, and her research interests are in post-Kantian continental philosophy and feminist philosophy. Among her books are: Petrified Intelligence: Nature in Hegel's Philosophy; An Introduction to Feminist Philosophy; and Feminism, Psychoanalysis, and Maternal Subjectivity.

Peter Thompson is Reader in German the University of Sheffield and Director of the Centre for Ernst Bloch studies there. He is also editor, with Slavoj Žižek, of The Privatisation of Hope: Ernst Bloch and the Future of Utopia.

Radosław Tyrała is Assistant Lecturer at AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków (Poland). He received his PhD at Jagiellonian University, exploring the minority status of Polish nonbelievers. He is the author of (in Polish) A Taxon Too Many: Race as (p. xvi) a Debatable Category and Opposite Poles of Evolutionism: Arms Race between Science and Religion.

Anne Vallely is Professor of Religious studies at the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on the anthropology of South Asian religiosity, especially that of Jainism. Her publications include Guardians of the Transcendent: An Ethnography of a Jain Ascetic Community and (co-edited) Animals and the Human Imagination.

Dorothea Weltecke is Full Professor for the History of Religions at the University of Konstanz. She publishes on the history of the crusades, conflicts and exchange between the religions, Eastern christianity, and religious deviance and non-belief.

Sarah Whylly is a PhD student at Florida State University in the Department of Religion working in the religion, ethics, and philosophy track on her dissertation which will discuss translations of Tannisho from Japanese into English. She is currently living in the San Francisco Bay area while conducting research as a visiting fellow at the Institute of Buddhist Studies in Berkeley, California.

Erik J. Wielenberg is Professor of Philosophy at DePauw University. He works primarily in meta-ethics, moral psychology, and the philosophy of religion, and is author of Value and Virtue in a Godless Universe and God and the Reach of Reason: C. S. Lewis, David Hume, and Bertrand Russell.

Thomas Zenk is a research assistant in the project ‘The “return of religion” and the return of the criticism of religion: The “New Atheism” in recent German and American culture’ at the Institute for the Scientific Study of Religion, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. He has studied philosophy and science of religion in Braunschweig and Berlin.

Phil Zuckerman is Professor of Sociology and Secular Studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, CA. He is the author of several books, including Faith No More (OUP, 2011) and Society Without God, and the editor of several volumes, including Atheism and Secularity, and The Social Theory of W. E. B. Du Bois.