UNDERSTANDING UNBELIEF

Dr. Jonathan A. Lanman

Queen’s University Belfast

Sunday November 3rd at Buswells Hotel, 15.00

 

Are ‘unbelievers’ much different from the general population? What sort of worldviews do atheists and agnostics have?

How prevalent are beliefs in related phenomena such as an afterlife, magical causation, objective morality, and ultimate purpose among those not believing in God(s)? Do popular assumptions about non-theists as ‘convinced, dogmatic atheists’ stand up to scrutiny?

To what extent do the answers to the above questions vary across countries, religious backgrounds, and socio-demographic groups (e.g. age, gender, region, income, education, and ethnicity)?

Dr. Jonathan Lanman of Queen’s University, Belfast, will address these topics and more on Sunday November 3rd at Buswells Hotel (beginning from 3 o’clock).

This is a FREE event and all are welcome to attend. Please note the earlier than usual start-time, and the change of venue from more recent Sunday gatherings.

While scholars from across the human sciences have long worked to improve our understanding of religion, much less has been done to understand its absence and alternatives.  Yet such ‘unbelief’ is both widespread and growing. This growth has produced vigorous public debates about the personal and social impacts of religion, secularism, and atheism and the inclusion of nonreligious individuals and perspectives in education and public policy.

This presentation will outline the initial findings of the Understanding Unbelief programme (2017-2020), which examines the nature and diversity of atheism, agnosticism and other kinds of religious ‘unbelief’ around the world and from the perspectives of multiple disciplines. This recently collected data will allow us to better answer a number of important questions about both the nature and diversity of unbelief.

 

About the speaker:

Dr. Jonathan Lanman is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Assistant Director of the Institute of Cognition & Culture at Queen’s University Belfast.

His research aims to utilize the tools of both cognitive and social anthropology to examine religion, atheism, morality, and intergroup relations. He is currently a Principal Investigator on the Understanding Unbelief research programme (2017-2020), which aims to document the nature and diversity of atheism and agnosticism around the world.