Outline This New Humanist looks at the ‘Understanding Unbelief’ project, by Dr Lois Lee from the University of Kent, which aims “to advance the scientific understanding of atheism and other forms of so-called ‘unbelief’ around the world.”
Terms Belief, belonging, and behaviour, Non religious, Atheism, Agnosticism
Links Religion, human sciences
BQs Development (2015), Creativity (2022), Perspectives (both syllabi)
Exploration Get students to hone in on what the article identifies as (possibly) “the single biggest change in the religious and cultural landscape of Britain for centuries, even millennia”. What is this change? What does this reveal about, first, religion itself, and second, our ways of studying it? What do they make of the statement near the end of the article: “the idea of a simple division between religious and non-religious is looking increasingly untenable”?
Integration World religions, anthropology, sociology