The central focus of this special issue of Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, with guest editors Ralph W. Hood Jr., Heinz Streib, and Thomas J. Coleman III, is to challenge psychologists and cognitive scientists to move beyond atheism and agnosticism by investigating “non-religious worldviews” as full-fledged constructs rather than as a solely negative identity.
We invite manuscripts (theoretical, empirical, and method) focused on exploring atheism, agnosticism, and non-religion from multiple perspectives by addressing the question of complexity and multidimensionality in measurement, psychological mechanisms, and theoretical models.
Topics of specific interest are
- Psychometric measures of non-religious worldviews
- Atheist and agnostic “spirituality.” Can nonbelievers be “spiritual?”
- Computer models of atheism
- Comparative studies of atheists and theists
- Quantifying and categorizing types of nonbelief
- Atheism and analytical thinking
- Moving beyond stigma and discrimination
- Non-religion in childhood and adolescence
- A framework for “implicit atheism?”
- Do agnostics differ psychologically from atheists?
- Atheism, agnosticism, and non-religious prosociality
- Atheism, a next step in human evolution?
- Nonbelief as a complex, adaptive system?
- Atheism, health, and well-being
- Atheism and the autism spectrum
- March 31, 2017: letter of intent submission
- September 15, 2017: submission of selected articles
More information: http://www.apa.org/pubs/journals/rel/call-for-papers-atheism.aspx