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date: 29 February 2020

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Although secularism is on the rise, with fewer people identifying with a specific religion, atheists still face a significant degree of prejudice. This chapter discusses that social phenomenon and research efforts to reveal its causes and potential ways to reduce antipathy toward atheists. Social psychology can inquire into causes for prejudice and discrimination against the nonreligious, covering related matters such as origins of unbelief, how others respond to it, and how nonreligious people cope with these and other issues. This chapter also considers specific social movements within and around religious disbelief and offers some speculation on the impact of vocal atheist movements on the current state of interfaith (and nonfaith) relations.

Keywords: the nonreligious, atheism, psychology of unbelief, anti-atheist prejudice, atheist activism

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