Secular Studies Series
Between 12% and 21% of Americans are atheist or agnostic – the highest rates of non-belief ever seen in US history. Secular-ism is on the rise, and understanding the trend enables us to better understand what is going on in American society, politics, and culture. Moreover, studying secularism can also teach us about religiosity. As secularism is almost always in reaction to or in dialogue with the religious, in studying those who are secular we can learn much, from a new angle, about the religion they are rejecting.
The Secular Studies series is meant to provide a home for works emerging from the increase in scholarly interest in secular studies. Rooted in a social science perspective, it will explore and illuminate various aspects of secular life, ranging from how and why formerly religious people give up their religions to how secular people conceptualize their identities.
- Joel Thiessen and Sarah Wilkins-Laflamme compare the experience of secularism in the United States and in Canada
- Nathan Alexander examines how atheists and freethinkers in the second half of the nineteenth century thought about issues of racial and civilizational superiority in the United States and Britain.