The proposal is for a modular text in the sociology of religion. The field shades into Theology/Religious Studies but the core market is sociology of religion.

The End of Religion? The New Atheism and Secularism

The End of Religion? The New Atheism and Secularism

The end of religion? the new atheism and secularism

After Reading this Chapter you Will:

  • be able to define atheism, secularism and humanism;
  • be introduced to new sociological ways of understanding the nonreligious; and
  • understand the reasons behind the rise of the ‘New Atheist’ movement.

In the past decade or so, atheists in the West appear to have mobilized themselves against the forces of religion. Examples of atheist activity include the funding of bus advertising campaigns in Britain and elsewhere promoting reason over religious belief; the establishment of atheist ‘churches’, called the Sunday Assemblies, in London and other major cities; the staging of international atheist conventions attracting thousands of attendees; and the publication of ...

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