While a variety of news and public polling firms have reported on the growing number of secular and nonreligious Americans over the past decade, peer-reviewed academic and empirical studies on atheism, secularity, and nonreligion in general have yet to catch up. To close this gap, the Atheist Research Collaborative serves as a nonpartisan research group composed of sociologists, psychologists, and social workers who research secular, nonreligious, and atheist individuals and organizations through traditional research methods and Internet-accessible studies. Spanning the fields of applied health, sociology, psychology, and social work, our research has collectively covered, among other topics, the broad areas of:
- nonreligiosity and health/medical issues
- prejudice, stigma, and discrimination against atheists
- the nature of nonreligious morality
- organizational and collective identity formation
- theory of mind and atheism
- gender studies/issues and secularity
- nonbeliever attitudes on secular, freethought, and atheist groups
A list of our researchers’ relevant publications can be found here.
Later this year the independent academic publisher De Gruyter will release Organized Secularism in the United States; our own Ryan Cragun and Lori Fazzino are editors and contributors for this volume. The book will examine the rise and structure of organized secularism, as well as its manifestations in the United States. What secularist organizations exist? Who are the members of these organizations? How and why do they organize themselves? What kinds of organizations do they create, and how are their organizations similar to or different from religious organizations? What functions do these organizations provide for their members? How do the secularist organizations of today compare to those of the past? And what is their likely impact on the future of secularism? This book will explore these and other questions by bringing together a series of chapters from diverse fields in the social sciences.
If you would like to sign up for notification of opportunities to participate in new research studies, please visit our website here. If you have questions about the ARC, our research, or, if you are a student or professional interested in studying nonreligious individuals using social science methods and theories, and would like to explore potential opportunities for collaborative research with ARC researchers, please email Dr. Joseph Hammer at [email protected].
ARC has a new international survey study out now that seeks to examine how and why people become atheists. We’ve already collected nearly 10,000 responses, most of those from the U.S., but we’re still looking to oversample. The study is open to those who are at least 18 years of age, and those who once believed in god(s) but do not now; this means you are not eligible to participate if you have always been an atheist/nonbeliever.
The survey is a maximum of 76 questions, and a minimum of 64 questions. On average, the survey should take 20 to 30 minutes to complete, although individuals may find that it takes them more or less time than this, depending on their answers.
The link to the survey is here: https://columbia.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3l6uixuio0ZrCkJ, and we look forward to hearing from you!
Disclaimer: The proposed research by the Atheist Research Collaborative is not a reflection of the official policy, position or an endorsement from UnitedCoR. Any concerns or questions about ethics, IRB and other privacy matters should be directed to the ARC and not United Coalition of Reason.