How Many Atheists are in England’s Prisons?

The only study I’ve ever seen of atheists in jail is from 1997 and it shows that we make up only 0.2% of the U.S. prison population. Some more recent statistics about prisoners were just released in England. Religion Population No religion 26,626 Church of England 23,039 Roman Catholic 14,296 Muslim 9,795 Buddhist 1,737 Sikh [Read More...]

A Survey of the Non-Religious

Luke Galen, an associate professor at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, recently conducted a survey in conjunction with the Center for Inquiry of non-religious people specifically. That hasn’t happened in much depth before. You can check out the methodology and results here (PDF). The biggest flaw, as far as I can tell, is that [Read More...]

Which College Majors Make You Less Religious?

A new study from the University of Michigan tells us some somewhat surprising news about college majors and their effect on religiosity. Majoring in which subjects would decrease your religiosity? (That is, make you less likely to go to church and less likely to view religion as a good thing) According to the study: the [Read More...]

The New Atheism Is Not Gone Yet

Professor Byron R. McCane is chair of the Religion Department at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I don’t know what it takes to earn that title, but it can’t be much. In an opinion piece for The State newspaper, he shows his complete ignorance about atheism in America. New atheism looked like the wave [Read More...]

British Teens Trending Away from Religion

I was impressed a couple years ago when I heard that 20% of Americans aged 18-25 had no religious affiliation or were atheist/agnostic. Apparently, I should have been looking to Britain. It turns out if you survey British children aged 13-18, the stats are even more favorable for non-theists. According to a new study of [Read More...]