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First academic journal on secularism, nonreligion to debut in January
July 28th, 2011
01:39 PM ET

First academic journal on secularism, nonreligion to debut in January

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) – It’s turning out to be a banner year for nonbelievers.

First came the publication of a secular Bible. Then we saw the birth of the first American college major in secularism. This week, it’s the launch of the world’s first academic journal dedicated to the themes of secularism and nonreligion.

The journal, to be called Secularism and Nonreligion, will begin publishing in January as a joint project of Trinity College in Connecticut and the Non-religion and Secularity Research Network, an international interdisciplinary network of researchers.

“Submissions should explore all aspects of what it means to be secular… what the lives of nonreligious individuals are like, and the interaction between secularity, nonreligion and other aspects of the world,” according to a Wednesday press release from Trinity College that called for submissions to the journal.

“Articles will explore the ideology and philosophy of the secular, secularism, nonreligion and atheism,” the release continued.

Submissions will be peer-reviewed and will be available for free at the journal’s website.

Trinity College’s Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture is  an important player in the burgeoning field of secular studies.

In 2008, Trinity released a survey showing that so-called religious nones - those not affiliated with any faith tradition - constitute the fastest-growing religious tradition in the country, though only a fraction of those who claimed no religion actually identified as atheists.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Atheism • Education

soundoff (542 Responses)
  1. JFritz

    Thank heaven. secular humanists.

    September 25, 2011 at 4:36 am |
  2. Anathoth

    So non-religion is your religion. :-)

    August 22, 2011 at 12:51 pm |
  3. prophet

    some atheists are nice people and make comments on here that are comical and respectful, but others are an embarassment to the human race and if they were right in what they said then they would be a majority, but they are not and thats why there are more decent people than those who only have enough thinking to condem decent people.

    August 2, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
    • Jimmie Christ

      That is an incredibly ignorant thing to say, prophet. At points in our history the majority of the human race has believed that the earth was the center of the universe, that the earth was flat, and that slavery was just. All of the beliefs were wrong at the time, and are still wrong now. If you are saying that all non-decent people are made up of atheists, I think you should check your facts.

      August 2, 2011 at 6:54 pm |
  4. Reality

    How much money would the following save the US secular taxpayers

    Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:
    There never was and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror

    One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan will end.

    Eighteen billion dollars/yr to Pakistan will stop.

    Four billion dollars/yr to Egypt will end.

    Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:
    There was and never will be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity.

    The Mormon empire will now become taxable as will all Christian "religions" and non-profits since there is there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion. Ti-thes would no longer be tax-deductible.

    Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
    Abraham and Moses never existed.

    Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

    All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

    Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries Time for a Twitter and FaceBook campaign!!!!

    August 2, 2011 at 7:27 am |
    • SmartThinking

      AGREED! Unfortunately most "believers" get angry and violent when faced with considering the reality that they bought into nothing but a corrupt business, not "god". Eventually they will kill themselves out with their childish "my god is better than your god" mentalities, part of the monotheistic belief structure.

      All religions in history have had their heyday, then fizzled out due to corruption, hypocrisy, greed, or abuse. What I find truly unbelievable is that the modern religions have faced all of these issues, yet people still believe and preach, donate time and money, and look the other way. Madness! What are people afraid of losing? Someone who spouts lies and takes your cash every week with the promise of a good "afterlife"?

      A lot of religious types make fun of the beliefs of cultures past. Little do they understand, someday, they will be ridiculed by future generations. "People believed WHAT!?!?!" LOL! I can hear my great great grandchildren asking already.

      August 19, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
    • V01D

      As an atheist, I find these comments disturbing. A successful deconversion from theism takes time. It's the process of taking someone's entire framework of reality and completely overhauling it. When you acknowledge you've lost your belief, it can feel like losing a limb, and a certain period of grieving takes place not long after, followed by a longer and gentler period of healing and acceptance.

      You cannot lead others to deconversion, not when you set out to do so with a "twitter/facebook campaign". What a childish notion.

      August 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm |
  5. True Freedom

    Why are Americans becoming so stupid? Please pay all the debt to China if you have energy to do this stupid thing. How can they be academic when they don't know even the single line of the American national anthems?

    August 2, 2011 at 5:03 am |
  6. True Freedom

    Get a field trip to North Korea for internship, atheists/secularists' pure utopia. A hell for humanity.

    August 2, 2011 at 5:00 am |
    • SmartThinking

      It's a utopia for corruption.

      August 19, 2011 at 2:21 pm |
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