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Humanist Society of the Suncoast


                                        Dr. Ryan Cragun presents 
                        The Social Science of Defeating Religion

A stunning new book by Ryan Cragun, Ph.D. promises insight into the tenacity of organized religion. Most of us are familiar with the many works that successfully take on the philosophical challenge presented by religious assertions, but here Dr. Cragun gives us a rigorous scientific sociological assessment of the hold that faith has on the mind and outlook of a critical mass of the population. In this book he undertakes the helpful task of illuminating some of the important factors that play a role in mitigating the institutional and social resiliency of religious allegiances. Ryan Cragun teaches Sociology at the University of Tampa, and has been an active participant and respected teacher, author, and researcher for a variety of pro-secular organizations in the Tampa Bay area.

  His research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including: Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Sociology of Religion, Nova Religion, Journal of Contemporary Religion, and Journal of Religion and Health. He is also the author of several books and has had numerous articles and essays published in The Humanist, and Free Inquiry. When he isn't working, he can typically be found spending time with his family, hiking, cooking, or watching science fiction.

The lecture will be followed by lunch in a local restaurant. Come and you won't be disappointed.

Please bring non-perishable food for Tampa Bay Harvest, our Tampa 
Bay Coalition of Reason food program.

All are welcome to this presentation.

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  • Jim P.

    Dr. Cragun was brilliant as always. Members were fully up to the occasion.
    We all agreed that now is the time to become the agents of change we have charged ourselves to be.

    1 · July 6, 2014

  • Pamela

    Sorry - I won't be able to make it after all.

    July 4, 2014

  • Wayne S.

    Sorry - won't be able to attend - will be out of town that weekend.

    June 29, 2014

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