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The weirdness of being secular

Reading Time: 4 minutes Is organized atheism too much like a religion? Is it okay for secular people to participate in rituals? If a humanist holds beliefs, is this dogmatic? Can a nonreligious person say “bless you” after someone sneezes? Probably every atheist or nonreligious person has, at some point in their lives, asked themselves or been asked questions […]

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Atheism, Race, and the Freethinker at the Turn of the 19th Century

Reading Time: 4 minutes   WHAT is the historical relationship between atheism and racism? This is a question I examine in my recent book, Race in a Godless World: Atheism, Race, and Civilization, 1850-1914 (Manchester University Press, 2019 and NYU Press, 2019). The book looks at what atheists and other non-religious people thought about racial issues in both Britain […]