“The launch of the NYUP’s book series on Secular Studies has just been announced – details attached. An exciting development in the rising fortunes of our research into nonreligiosity – the hundreds of millions in the world who aren’t religious but who nevertheless interact with religious people and engage in ‘religious-like’ practices every day. Will be of interest to lots of you, as readers and contributors.” Lois Lee
The Secular Studies series is meant to provide a home for works in the emerging field of secular studies. Rooted in a social science perspective, it will explore and illuminate various aspects of secular life, ranging from how secular people live their lives and how they construct their identities to the activities of secular social movements, from the demographics of secularism to the ways in which secularity intersects with other social processes, identities, patterns, and issues.
The Council for Secular Humanists has published a paper by Frank L. Pasquale, titled “The Social Science of Secularity”
Following a failure of irreligious studies to get off the ground in 1971, the purposeful study of the non-religious has again attempted flight and seems to be rocketing, as a subject in its own right, as much NSRN work can attest. This is a fact championed by Pasquale who gives the NSRN a good write up as an “innovative organisation”.
Pasquale gives a useful overview of the breadth of current research and the genesis of organisations such as the NSRN and CAR (Center for Atheist Research). He pays particular attention to key areas needing serious consideration from researchers, including the thorny issue of terminology, accurate description and characterisation. Other key areas include health, pluralisation of world-views and all “will increasingly need to direct attention to the vast and apparently growing mass of “seculous,” “religular,” or “fuzzy” types in between”.