Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

34. Is Contemporary Atheism Leaning Politically to Right or Left?

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Stuart McAnulla [+-]
University of Leeds
Stuart McAnulla is an Associate Professor in Politics at the University of Leeds. He has research interests in the politics of contemporary atheism, ideological change in British politics and social/political science meta-theory. Books include: The Politics of New Atheism, 2019 (co-authored with Steven Kettell and Marcus Shulzke), Routledge, and British Politics: A Critical Introduction, Continuum.


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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McAnulla, Stuart. 34. Is Contemporary Atheism Leaning Politically to Right or Left?. Atheism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2022. ISBN 9780000000000. Date accessed: 22 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43320. Sep 2022

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