Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

55. Do Atheists Have Religious Experiences?

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Abby Day [+-]
Goldsmiths, University of London
Abby Day is Professor in Race, Faith and Culture in the Department of Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London, where her teaching, research, writing and supervisions cover sociology of religion, media and religion, and critical criminology. Past Chair of the Sociology of Religion Study group in the British Sociological Association, her work focuses on improving the academic and public understanding of complex religious and non-religious identities.


If religion is defined as an institution that is organised around transcendent, other-worldly beliefs and phenomena, and a religious experience is a moment when such numinous, other-worldly beings or feelings are sensed then, yes, research clearly shows that atheists have such experiences. The term ‘atheist’ merely signals a disbelief in god, not a disbelief in ghosts or granny’s enduring spirit.

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Day, Abby. 55. Do Atheists Have Religious Experiences?. Atheism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 216-219 Oct 2022. ISBN 9781800502376. Date accessed: 15 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43341. Oct 2022

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