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By Lori G. Beaman, Steven Tomlins

The essays during this publication not just learn the range of atheist expression and event within the Western context, additionally they discover how neighborhood, nationwide and foreign settings could give a contribution to the shaping of atheist identities. through addressing id at those diversified degrees, the ebook explores how participants build their very own atheist—or non-religious—identity, how they build group and the way identification elements into atheist interplay on the social or institutional degrees. The booklet deals an interdisciplinary comparative method of the research of concerns when it comes to atheism, comparable to demography, neighborhood engagement, gender politics, stigmatism and felony motion. It covers such issues as: secularization; the social context of atheism in a number of Western international locations; the moving of atheist identities in keeping with various cultural and nationwide contexts; the function of atheism in multicultural settings; how the framework of “reasonable lodging” applies to atheism; interactions and relationships among atheism and faith and the way atheism is represented for political and criminal reasons. that includes contributions via foreign students on the innovative of atheism reports, this quantity bargains distinct insights into the connection among atheism and identification. it's going to function an invaluable source for lecturers, reporters, coverage makers and basic readers attracted to secular and spiritual reviews, id building and id politics in addition to atheism in general.

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But that leaves the question unanswered: why did youth abandon the mainstream churches? Young people in Canada today are the best educated in history. Computers, the internet, and a plethora of electronic devices bring (for all except the poorest) the world’s information to their fingertips. If the narrative of science and reason progressively replacing religion were true, we should expect that today’s youth 2 The Church on the Margins: The Religious Context of the New Atheism 25 Fig. 4 Teenage identification with mainline Churches (Reproduced from Bibby 2012) Fig.

Winnifred Sullivan has documented what she calls ‘the new normal’ in her research on the ways religious freedom is defined in law in the United States. The new normal is the increasingly pervasive universalization of Christianity through the ‘naturalization’ of religion, which she defines as a “legal and social process by which religion and spirituality are increasingly seen in the US to be a natural and largely benign—if varied—aspect of the human condition, one that is to be accommodated rather than segregated by government” (Sullivan 2009, 2).

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