Interview with Professor Jesse M. Smith – Assistant Professor, Sociology, Western Michigan University & Co-Editor, Secularism and Nonreligion

— By Scott Douglas Jacobsen Professor Jesse M. Smith is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University, and a Co-Editor of Secularism and Nonreligion. Here we talk about religion, secularism, and academic research. Scott Douglas Jacobsen: Let’s start from the top. What is family and personal background? Professor Jesse … Continue reading

Diversity in Canadian atheist conferences

A few weeks ago, Christopher Hassall and Ian Bushfield published “Increasing Diversity in Emerging Non-religious Communities” – perhaps the first peer-reviewed study of diversity within the atheist community. By looking at the speakers at 48 atheist and skeptic conferences between 2003 and 2014 and noting the proportion of speakers that … Continue reading

Study on diversity in the atheist movement shows we have a ways to go, but are making progress

The defining feature of the atheist movement over the last two or three years may be its focus on issues of diversity, privilege, and social equality within the movement itself. The discussion hasn’t always been pretty; indeed, even mentioning the issues will often draw eye rolls or outright ire. Thus … Continue reading

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