Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

61. Do Atheists Value Some Religions More Than Other Religions?

Atheism in Five Minutes - Teemu Taira

Joel Thiessen [+-]
Ambrose University
Joel Thiessen is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Flourishing Congregations Institute at Ambrose University in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His research interests include religious nones, congregations, millennials, and religion in Canada. Along with nearly a dozen peer-reviewed articles, he has published four books, including None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the US and Canada (with Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme) and Millennial Mosaic: How Pluralism and Choice are Shaping Canadian Youth and the Future of Canada (with Reginald Bibby and Monetta Bailey). For more information, see
Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme [+-]
University of Waterloo
Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme is an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology and Legal Studies at the University of Waterloo (Canada). She completed her DPhil (PhD equivalent) in sociology at the University of Oxford in 2015. Her research interests include quantitative methods, sociology of religion, immigration and ethnicity and political sociology. Dr. Wilkins-Laflamme currently has 16 articles published in top Canadian and international peer-reviewed journals in the fields of sociology of religion, religious studies and political science, including the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Canadian Review of Political Science, Sociology of Religion, Canadian Review of Sociology, Studies in Religion, and the British Journal of Sociology. She is co-author of the 2020 book None of the Above: Nonreligious Identity in the U.S. and Canada, with New York University Press.


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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Thiessen, Joel; Wilkins-Laflamme, Sarah. 61. Do Atheists Value Some Religions More Than Other Religions?. Atheism in Five Minutes. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Sep 2022. ISBN 9780000000000. Date accessed: 18 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43347. Sep 2022

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