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Understanding Unbelief

Advancing scientific understanding of 'unbelief' around the world

Welcome to the Understanding Unbelief programme website

Understanding Unbelief is a major research programme aiming to advance the scientific understanding of atheism and other forms of so-called ‘unbelief’ around the world. Its central research questions concern the nature and diversity of ‘unbelief’.

As well as core research,  the programme has awarded grants to the value of £1.25m for new research and public engagement activities.

The Understanding Unbelief programme runs between 2017 and 2020, and is based at the University of Kent. The £2.3m programme is made possible through a grant from the John Templeton Foundation (JTF grant ID#60624), and is a collaboration with St Mary’s University TwickenhamCoventry University, Queens University Belfast and the Nonreligion and Secularity Research Network.

Understanding Unbelief programme introduction

In this short film, programme leaders Dr Lois Lee and Dr Jonathan Lanman introduce the purpose and scope of the Understanding Unbelief programme.

Does religious unbelief exist?

As part of the Think Kent series, Dr Lee discusses scientific approaches to understanding unbelief.

Our interdisciplinary approach

Cross-Cultural research

See more clips and films about Unbelief here…


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