June 9, 2012

Now You Can Contribute to Scholarship on Atheism

I am posting the following request for participation from a professor interested in advancing the literature on atheism after I heard from one of his doctoral students:
My name is Jerome Baggett. I’m a sociologist and professor at Santa Clara University (working in the graduate school in Theology and Religious Studies) who is in the early stages of a study of atheists (and other non-religious people) in the United States. Essentially, I’m investigating how atheists think about the world around them and go about the business of living meaningful lives. As you might know, there are a lot of stereotypes and misconceptions about atheists, whereas I want to get beyond those and listen to what atheists themselves say about their lives. That’s why I’m looking for people to interview about this.

These interviews only take about an hour; they can be done by phone or in person (even online in some cases); and people tend to enjoy the experience of being interviewed. I’m planning to write what I hope (and expect) will be a thoughtful, unbiased book on how people live their lives as atheists in the U.S. that will be published by a reputable press. My hope is this will find a broad readership and begin a more nuanced national conversation about the many ways people find meaning within contemporary society.

If you’re interested in being interviewed for this project or simply want to find out more about it, please feel free to contact me by phone (510-549-5060) or e-mail (jbaggett@jstb.edu). Thanks for your consideration.
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