Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

3. Why Have Researchers Become Interested in Atheism?

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Stephen Bullivant [+-]
St Mary’s University, UK
Stephen Bullivant is Professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion at St Mary’s University, UK. His books include The Oxford Dictionary of Atheism (co-authored with Lois Lee), The Oxford Handbook of Atheism, and The Cambridge History of Atheism (both co- edited with Michael Ruse).

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Atheism in Five Minutes offers insights into a number of commonly held questions about the ideas, practices and attitudes concerning atheism and atheists. The volume highlights approaches based on the study of religion, sociology, history, anthropology, politics and psychology. It also examines the implications and assumptions in common questions about atheism. Ideal for both classroom use and personal study, some of the questions asked include: Are atheists immoral? Are children born atheist? Do atheists have rituals? How has atheism related to politics? Why do some atheists remain members of religious groups? Is it difficult to be an atheist in Muslim countries? Do atheist parents have atheist children? Why are there so few black atheists? What are the most atheistic societies? Has the Internet made atheism more popular? Each essay is based on the latest research written by a leading scholar in the field. They offer concise and thoughtful answers along with suggestions for further reading.

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Bullivant, Stephen. 3. Why Have Researchers Become Interested in Atheism?. Atheism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2022. ISBN 9781800502376. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=43289. Date accessed: 27 Nov 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43289. Sep 2022

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