How Social Science Counters Negative Stereotypes and Assumptions About Atheists

Stereotypes, discrimination, and stigma abound when it comes to atheists. We are told that we lack morality, and that religiosity imparts well-being to those strong in it. This presentation demonstrates how atheism is related to positive societal outcomes, OR at least how atheism is not necessarily related to negative societal and personal well-being outcomes. We will look at everything from crime rates and other indicators of social well-being and dysfunction, to psychological attitudes and family/chidren and sex/sexuality. We will also look at how religiosity may be related to negative societal outcomes in some cases.

My primary source for this is Phil Zuckerman's 2009 publication in the journal Sociology Compass, but I also draw from a number of other sources as well.

The presentation is scheduled to last for an hour and fifteen minutes, followed by Q & A.

Joseph Langston received his bachelor's in psychology and a second bachelor's in sociology, from Arkansas State University in 2007. He also earned his Masters in sociology from University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in 2012. He specializes in the study of atheism and religion from psychological and sociological approaches.

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  • Bill H.

    Can't make it. Too far to drive.

    May 15

  • Jeanette M. N.

    Yeah, we knew that stuff. ;o) But it's about time we started getting the word out!

    May 14

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