Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Secularism and Nonreligion is “dedicated to the investigation of secularism and nonreligion in all forms,” and seeks “submissions that explore all aspects of what it means to be secular.” The editors particularly welcome manuscripts from authors in the fields of anthropology, demography, economics, geography, political science, psychology, public health, religious studies, sociology, and women's studies. They will also consider submissions from authors in biology, computer science, history, medicine, neuroscience, and philosophy. The journal is sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture at Trinity College in Hartford, CT, and by the Non-religion and Secularity Research Network.
Twenty research articles and 19 book reviews have been published in the journal since its inception in 2012. Their subject matter spans the disciplines of sociology, theology, education, psychology, religious studies, ethics, public policy, law, and biology, with contributions coming from graduate students, faculty members, and institutional and independent researchers. Here are a few article titles to give you the flavor of the journal: “Kids, You Make the Choice: Religious and Secular Socialization among Marginal Affiliates and Nonreligious Individuals,” “The Roots of Right and Wrong: Do Concepts of Innate Morality Reduce Intuitive Associations of Immorality With Atheism?,” “Espousing Apostasy and Feminism? Older and Younger British Female Apostates Compared,” and “Familial Relationship Outcomes of Coming Out as an Atheist.” The quality of both the research and the writing is very high throughout.
Books reviewed in Secularism and Nonreligion include The Evolution of Atheism, Atheist Awakening: Secular Activism & Community in America, and Why are Women More Religious than Men? The reviews are lengthy and scholarly.
Given its premise and very broad reach, Secularism and Nonreligion has the potential to be of considerable interest to many researchers across the social sciences, humanities, and the sciences. This interdisciplinary journal will serve scholars throughout the academy, and you’ll be doing them a favor to bring it to their attention.