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Atheist Awakening: Secular Activism and Community in America

Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith


This book examines the growth and development of organized atheism and humanism in the United States from a sociological perspective. This book is based on interviews with atheist leaders and participants as well as observations and analysis of secular gatherings and media. This book finds that the new atheist outspokenness—as seen in the best-selling “new atheist” books—is a response to the resurgence of religious involvement in politics during the past thirty years. Feeling themselves excluded from public life, secularists (the authors’ term for atheists and humanists) have revised their str ... More

Keywords: atheism, secularism, secular humanism, activism, community

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199986323
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199986323.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Cimino, author
Hofstra University

Christopher Smith, author