Title

Atheists

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Fall 2009

Abstract

This project was an exploration of the recent social movement known as the New Atheists. In order to better understand the ramifications of such a phenomenon emerging, two models are proposed and examined critically. First, it is asked whether it may be appropriate to imagine atheism as a religious movement based on the sectarian types proposed by Bryan Wilson. Secondly a comparison is made to another contemporary social movement: gay rights, and a second model is developed. Finally, to test the validity and applicability of these models, a separate text is addressed and analyzed for evidence that supports or contradicts either hypothesis of similarity.

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