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This slender, conversational, but methodologically sound treatise on the inner world of atheists will pleasantly surprise readers accustomed to the soporific "academese" of most sociological studies. Altemeyer and (the late) Hunsberger have conducted some of the first surveys of atheists, a decided minority within a very religious United States. The book is based primarily on surveys of "active" atheists (i.e., members of atheist clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area, Alabama and Idaho), as well as on a comparison group of Canadian parents (who happened to have children in the authors' psychology classes at the University of Manitoba). In previous studies, atheists have been lumped together with "the nonreligious" who might include unaffiliated or "non-church-attending" theists. Here, self-described atheists finally get their day, as perhaps they should since one of the growing religious categories in the General Social Survey of Americans is "None." The study is limited in scope, but the flaws are so forthrightly acknowledged and the writing is so fresh, honest, compelling and entertaining that it is bound to become an important launching point for more studies of what makes atheists tick. (June)
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"Who are the atheists? What sustains them? The authors have opened the door to scientific research in this area in a meticulous and very engaging way. Once you start reading this book you won’t want to put it down! The reader is in for a surprise (an interesting one) and a treat at every turn of a page."
RAYMOND F. PALOUTZIAN
Professor of Psychology, Westmont College, Santa Barbara, CA
Editor, The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion
"This slender, conversational, but methodologically sound treatise on the inner world of atheists will pleasantly surprise readers accustomed to the soporific ‘academese’ of most sociological studies…The study is limited in scope, but the flaws are so forthrightly acknowledged and the writing is so fresh, honest, compelling and entertaining, that it is bound to become an important launching point for more studies of what makes atheists tick."
This book should be of interest to anyone involved in the study of the psychology of religion. It offers the results of the authors' survey and interview studies of the attitudes... Read morePublished 14 months ago by OldGrayDog
I'm an atheists by my self....so, I find the book very informative, little may be to "numbering?" but in general very good.-
Anyone who has been told there is something unAmerican or amoral about atheists should check this out. Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Sophia
For all of the social science research that's been done on religious belief, far too little has been done on religious unbelief. This work stands as a useful corrective. Read morePublished on August 21, 2012 by J. Marlin
Disclaimer: I love Bob Altemeyer. Or, at least, I love his writing. He's hilarious - a nice break from the dry, humorless writing typical of almost anyone writing on psychological... Read morePublished on July 25, 2011 by Harrison Koehli
By Bob Altemeyer, an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Manitoba, and Bruce Hunsberger, of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Manitoba (winner of the... Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by Nonfiction Steve
The low score given to this book needs explanation. The book bored me to tears. However, i am not blaming the authors: I doubt I could have done any better at writing a book about... Read morePublished on November 18, 2008 by The Skeptic Arena
This survey research is not based on a scientific sample. Atheists are few, so that it is not possible to draw a random sample to interview. Read morePublished on June 5, 2007 by Wolf Roder