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Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns

  title={Atheism: Contemporary Rates and Patterns},
  author={Phil Zuckerman and Michael Martin and Steve Bruce and Russell J. Dalton and Paul S. Froese and Ronald F. Inglehart and Charles E. Lachman and Peter M. Nardi},
Determining what percentage of a given society believes in God – or doesn’t -is fraught with methodological hurdles. First: low response rates; most people do not respond to surveys, and response rates of lower than 50% cannot be generalized to the wider society. Secondly: non-random samples. If the sample is not randomly selected – i.e., every member of the given population has an equal chance of being chosen -it is non-generalizable. Third: adverse political/cultural climates. In totalitarian… 
Religion and gender inequality: The status of women in the societies of world religions
Abstract The status of women in society is very diverse worldwide. Among many important traits associated with the differentiation of gender inequality is religion, which itself must be regarded as a
Why Does Religiosity Persist?
  • C. Sedikides
  • Psychology
    Personality and social psychology review : an official journal of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, Inc
  • 2010
An enduring legacy of Darwinian theory, beside the small detail of offering a mechanism for how living things evolve (i.e., natural selection), is that there is no reason to advocate a designer to
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Atheism and the Apotheosis of Agency1
This paper suggests that biological factors ought to be considered in attempting to explain distributions of theism and atheism across populations. In advancing our argument, we consider two recent
The Cultural and the Universal in Nonbelievers: Comment on Jing (2014)
The study by Jing (2014) is examined and analyzed within a broader theoretical framework. A general definition of religion is presented, together with a brief description of what makes religion a
Investigating the Role of Normative Support in Atheists’ Perceptions of Meaning Following Reminders of Death
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This article explores the relationship between the Church of Scientology and various forms of media, in particular the Internet. Building on insights in the academic literature, this piece attempts
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Historically, atheism has been neglected by the social sciences. This fact, in the light of the recent upsurge of popular and media interest in the subject, is particularly unfortunate. Rectifying
Terror Management Theory and Religious Belief


Why More Americans Have No Religious Preference: Politics and Generations
The proportion of Americans who reported no religious preference doubled from 7 percent to 14 percent in the 1990s. This dramatic change may have resulted from demographic shifts, increasing
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The Netherlands has become one of the most secular countries in the world. A vast majority of the Dutch people does not attend church regularly and more than half its population is not affiliated
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Religious Cosmologies, Individualism and Politics in Italy
Through analyses of a national survey of Italians (N = 983) conducted in 1990, we study the effect of moral cosmology on political attitudes. We argue that modernists are more theologically
After Atheism: An Analysis of Religious Monopolies in the Post-Communist World
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Religion and Partisanship in Canada
Using a survey of three thousand Canadian adults conducted by the Angus Reid Group in the autumn of 1996, we examine the continuing role of religion in shaping partisan preferences. We find that
Reflections on the Sociology of Religion Today
Let me say, first of all, that I am very honored to be asked to give this lecture. When Jose Casanova invited me, he said that I was free to choose my topic, and he also added that I should feel free
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Previous research indicates the importance of the religious market theory in explaining cross-national differences in secularization. In this article, religious market variables are compared with
Family, Religion, and Social Change in Diverse Societies
Family, Religion, and Social Change in Diverse Societies. Sharon K. Houseknecht and Jerry G. Pankhurst (Eds.). New York: Oxford. 2000. 395 pp. ISBN 0-19-513118-5 paper. The strengths of this text are
The Decline of Traditional Christian Beliefs in Germany
This is a report of two national surveys carried out in Germany, one in 1967, the other in 1992, showing the extent of change in religions beliefs and attitudes over a twenty-five year period in both