Episode 216 - “Enumerating Unbelief,” Part I
July 18, 2014
Part One of a panel discussion on the demographic study of religious nonbelief – atheism, agnosticism, secular humanism, and secularism.
On October 24th through 27th, 2013, the Center for Inquiry presented the CFI Summit, an international congress in the Pacific Northwest. This event explored such questions as: To what extent do skeptics and humanists have a common mission? Should examination of religious beliefs remain largely off limits for skeptics? Should secular humanists be as critical of fringe science claims, including alternative medicine, as they are of religious beliefs? And are there public policy issues on which skeptics and humanists can productively collaborate?
“Enumerating Unbelief” examines the demographic study of nonbelief. Speakers include Barry Kosmin, Research Professor in Public Policy and Law and Founding Director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture (ISSSC) at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut, principal investigator of the American Religious Identification Survey, and a Center for Inquiry board member; Phil Zuckerman, professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College and the author of Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion; and Will Gervais, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky, a researcher who examines the psychological causes and consequences of both religious belief and disbelief.
The session was chaired by Tom Flynn, CenterStage co-host and editor of Free Inquiry magazine.
Part One features Tom Flynn’s introduction to the session and the presentation by Phil Zuckerman.