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.
Raphael, Jonathan, "Atheists" (2009). 2009 AHS Capstone Projects. 20.