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Surveys over the last twenty years have seen an ever-growing number of Americans disclaim religious affiliations and instead check the "none" box. In the first sociological exploration of organized secularism in America, Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith show how one segment of these "nones" have created a new, cohesive atheist identity through activism and the creation of communities. According to Cimino and Smith, the new upsurge of atheists is a reaction to the revival of religious fervor in American politics since 1980. Feeling overlooked and underrepresented in the public sphere, atheists have employed a wide variety of strategies-some evangelical, some based on identity politics-to defend and assert themselves against their ideological opponents. These strategies include building and maintaining communities, despite the absence of the kinds of shared rituals, texts, and laws that help to sustain organized religions. Drawing on in-depth interviews with self-identified atheist, secularist, and humanist leaders and activists, as well as extensive observations and analysis of secular gatherings and media, Cimino and Smith illustrate how atheists organize and align themselves toward common goals, and how media-particularly web-based media-have proven invaluable in connecting atheists to one another and in creating a powerful virtual community. Cimino and Smith suggest that secularists rely not only on the Internet for community-building, but on their own new forms of ritual. This groundbreaking study will be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the growing atheist movement in America.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Richard Cimino
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Release: 2014-10-24
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780199392926

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If the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects religious liberty, why doesn’t it protect atheists? God occupies our nation’s consciousness, even defining to many what it means to be American. Nonbelievers have often had second-class legal status and have had to fight for their rights as citizens. As R. Laurence Moore and Isaac Kramnick demonstrate in their sharp and convincing work, avowed atheists were derided since the founding of the nation. Even Thomas Paine fell into disfavor and his role as a patriot forgotten. Popular Republican Robert Ingersoll could not be elected in the nineteenth century due to his atheism, and the suffragette Elizabeth Cady Stanton was shunned when she questioned biblical precepts about women’s roles. Moore and Kramnick lay out this fascinating history and the legal cases that have questioned religious supremacy. It took until 1961 for the Supreme Court to ban religious tests for state officials, despite Article 6 of the Constitution. Still, every one of the fifty states continues to have God in its constitution. The authors discuss these cases and more current ones, such as Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., which address whether personal religious beliefs supersede secular ones. In Godless Citizens in a Godly Republic, the authors also explore the dramatic rise of an "atheist awakening" and the role of organizations intent on holding the country to the secular principles it was founded upon.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Isaac Kramnick
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Release: 2018-08-21
File: 240 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780393254976

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In this book, one of the first to take atheism seriously as a social movement, Richard J. Meagher examines the political history of American atheism and freethought. Meagher demonstrates how changes in resources, opportunities, and movement identity help explain the political mobilization of atheists in America.

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Genre: Political Science
Author: Richard J. Meagher
Publisher: Lexington Books
Release: 2018-02-05
File: 170 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781498558587

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Genre: Evangelistic sermons
Author: Dwight Lyman Moody
Publisher:
Release: 1878
File: 782 Pages
ISBN-13: MINN:31951002110325K

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Genre: Revivals
Author: Henry Stauffer
Publisher:
Release: 1895
File: 155 Pages
ISBN-13: WISC:89077022754

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Genre: Atheism
Author:
Publisher:
Release: 2001
File: Pages
ISBN-13: UVA:X030049061

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Autobiography of the founder of the Atheist Centre, political activist and social worker.

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Genre: Atheists
Author: Gora
Publisher:
Release: 1975
File: 128 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015007032728

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Author:
Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education
Release: 1971-06-18
File: 171 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781349007950

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Relating the principles of Zen Buddhism into everyday American life, the author addresses such common concerns as sex, power, health, personal fulfillment, and death and dying

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Genre: Religion
Author: Philip Kapleau
Publisher: Scribner Book Company
Release: 1997
File: 254 Pages
ISBN-13: UVA:X030119975

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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

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Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Author: Sam Harris
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2014-09-09
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781451636031

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