This important two-volume contribution to the field of secular studies offers the first comprehensive examination of atheists and non-religious people around the world.
Bookstores and libraries are filled with examinations of religious practices across the globe. But what about the hundreds of millions of people who do not believe in God? Recent popular titles by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and others have explored the theme of atheism, but as yet, there has been no comprehensive, research-based reference on the world's nonbelievers. This two-volume set fills that gap.
Who are atheists? How does atheism relate to various aspects of our social world, such as politics, feminism, globalization, and the family? And what is the current state of atheism internationally? Atheism and Secularity addresses the growing interest in the non-religious world by exploring these and related questions. It is a comprehensive and compelling look at atheists and atheism both nationally and internationally, covering a range of topics often overlooked in other books on the subject.
Atheism and Secularity is not a philosophical, polemic work, but rather an exploration of who atheists are, what they believe, how they relate to the world, and how the world relates to them. The first volume focuses on topics such as family life, gender, sexuality, politics, and social movements. The second volume looks at atheism and secularity around the world, exploring the lives of non-religious people in North America, Japan, China, India, Europe, the Arab World, and other locations.
• Includes essays by 19 top sociologists and psychologists who study atheism and secularity
• Offers extensive bibliographies for each chapter
• Makes a significant contribution to the newly emerging field of secular studies
• Serves as the first major reference work on atheism and secularity from a social science perspective
• Examines the lives of atheists both in the United States and around the world
• Brings together contributions from foremost experts on atheism and secularity