Jewish Journal


August 1, 2011

Nonbelievers get an academic journal dedicated to secularism


This story from CNN’s Dan Gilgoff brings word of the first coming of an academic journal on skepticism and nonreligion:

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.

Read the rest here. Gilgoff calls this the latest news in a “banner year” for nonbelievers. But I’m not convinced.

We need not look far to see how a lot of talk about small gains stands for very little. Look at the New Atheists and the atheist out movement. Like many religion reporters, I was all over that story in 2006. But half a decade later, atheists have very little to show for all the hype.

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