What’s Wrong With the Canadian Census?

The 2011 Canadian census is taking place this week — one out of three Canadians will receive the long-form version of the survey while the rest will simply be asked for a headcount. Normally, this would be a wonderful way to get a decent snapshot of what the Canadian population looks like, but one of [Read More...]

Good News in Spain: Non-Believers Double Practicing Catholics

Hey, Americans, we need to catch up with Spain! Their demographics are looking better and better for non-religious people. The Spanish newspaper El Mundo reports what people ages 15-29 said when they were surveyed about their religious preferences (forgive the rough translation): The number of young people practicing Catholicism has plummeted, from 29.2% in 2002 [Read More...]

Atheists Are Better than the Stereotypes Would Have You Believe

Researcher Gregory Paul and professor Phil Zuckerman state what we all know is true in the Washington Post: … there is still a group that lots of Americans just don’t like much: atheists. Those who don’t believe in God are widely considered to be immoral, wicked and angry. They can’t join the Boy Scouts. Atheist [Read More...]

Study Shows Anti-Atheist Prejudice Goes Down When Our Numbers Go Up

I have an aversion to reading academic journals… but there’s a new paper published in the journal Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin (April 2011 37: 543-556) that is a must-read for anyone who has access. It’s called “Finding the Faithless: Perceived Atheist Prevalence Reduces Anti-Atheist Prejudice.” The author, Will M. Gervais of the University of [Read More...]

The Nones Are Rising

***Update***: An interesting addendum: The BBC reports that the percentage of nones may be rising a lot more than you think: A study using census data from nine countries shows that religion there is set for extinction, say researchers. The study found a steady rise in those claiming no religious affiliation. The team’s mathematical model [Read More...]


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