Select press and media coverage of Understanding Unbelief and affiliated work can be found below. For press enquiries, please email email@example.com
May- June 2019
Press related to the Cultures of Unbelief conference, the Capstone Conference of the Understanding Unbelief programme and the 2019 NSRN conference in Rome and the release of first Understanding Unbelief report: Atheists and agnostics around the world: Interim findings from 2019 research in Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States
- Der Standard ‘Auch viele Atheisten glauben an Übernatürliches’ (Many atheists believe in the supernatural) (8 June 2019)
- Big Think: ‘Atheists still believe in the supernatural, new report finds’ (7 June 2019)
- Religion Media Centre: ‘Understanding Unbelief: Comments on The Atheists and agnostics around the world interim findings report’ (7 June 2019)
- Newsweek Japan: ‘日本の無神論者は最も「超自然を信じない」──6カ国での大規模調査’ (Japanese atheists and agnostics least likely to believe in the supernatural, large scale survey in six countries finds) (7 June 2019)
- NewsLetter: ‘Atheists do not feel life is devoid of any meaning’ (7 June 2019)
- Theos ‘What do unbelievers believe?’ (6 June 2019)
- The Times ‘Most atheists believe in the supernatural, study finds’ (3 June 2019)
- Spiegel Online ‘Woran glauben eigentlich Ungläubige?’ (What do non-believers believe?) (31 May 2019)
- NewScientist ‘Most atheists believe in the supernatural, despite trusting science’ (30 May 2019)
- Friendly Atheist/Patheos ‘Research Presented at Vatican Shows That Anti-Atheist Stereotypes Are Inaccurate’ (28 May 2019)
- Mail Online ‘Non-believers do not lack morality, research suggests’ (28 May 2019)
- Belfast Telegraph ‘QUB helps in study that disputes view atheists lack morals’ (28 May 2019)
- RTE ‘Non-believers in God do not lack morality – report’ (28 May 2019)
- Premier ‘Non-believers don’t lack morality, research suggests’ (28 May 2019)
- News Letter ‘Non-believers do not lack morality, new research suggests’ (28 May 2019)
- ABC (Spain) ‘El Vaticano acoge un congreso mundial sobre no creyentes’ (28 May 2019)
- BBC News Brazil ‘Por que o Vaticano, coração da Igreja, sedia a maior conferência sobre ateísmo no mundo’ (28 May 2019)
- Group La Provincia (Buenos Aires) ‘Ateos, agnósticos y creyentes no son tan diferentes entre sí, según un estudio’ (27 May 2019)
- University of Kent News Centre ‘The Vatican and Kent host major atheism conference’ (28 May 2019)
- EurekAlert! ‘Vatican hosts major atheism conference with University of Kent’ (27 May 2019)
- BBC Radio 4 Sunday programme documentary piece from Rosie Dawson looking back at the history of the first Vatican’s first conference on atheism and other forms of ‘unbelief’ in Rome in 1969 and forward to the Cultures of Unbelief conference and release of the first findings of the Understanding Unbelief programme (starts at 30.50) (26 May 2019)
Understanding Unbelief’s participation in the second The Religion in the Media Festival, London 30 April 2019
- Church Times ‘No excuses for negative portrayals of religion in the media’ (26 April 2019)
Announcement of Understanding Unbelief’s capstone conference in Rome May 2019
- Religion News Service ‘Fifty years later, Catholic Church reckons again with unbelief’ (18 February 2019)
- University of Kent News Centre ‘Kent and the Vatican to host atheism conference’ (14 February 2019)
Why atheists are not as rational as some like to think
Dr Lois Lee for the Conversation discusses the science of atheism:
- The Conversation ‘Why atheists are not as rational as some like to think’ (27 September 2018)
- Newsweek ‘God versus science: atheists aren’t as rational as you might think’ (27 September 2018)
- The Metro ‘Why atheists are not as rational as some like to think’ (2 October 2018)
- The Conversation Indonesia ‘Mengapa ateis tidak serasional seperti yang diduga banyak orang’ (9 October 2018)
Europe’s Young Adults and Region
This report from Understanding Unbelief programme co-lead Dr Stephen Bullivant for the Benedict XVI Centre and the Institut Catholique de Paris explores religious affiliation and practice among young adults in Europe using data from the European Social Survey.
- World Religion News ‘Europe is moving away from organised religion’ (1 April 2018)
- The Guardian ‘Christianity as default is gone’: the rise of a non-Christian Europe’ (21 March 2018)
- BBC News ‘70% of young Brits are ‘not religious’ (21 March 2018)
- The Guardian ‘So Christianity is no longer the norm? Going underground will do it good’ (22 March 2018)
The conundrum of how to prove you hold a nonreligious worldview
Understanding Unbelief programme lead Dr Lois Lee discusses the need for better understanding and representation of non-religious worldview in public institutions in the UK following denial of asylum to Pakistani humanist Hamza bin Walayat who failed to identify Plato and Aristotle as humanist philosophers.
- The Conversation ‘The conundrum of how to prove you hold a nonreligious worldview’ (26 January 2018)
Religion may alter your psychology even if you’re a non-believer
Understanding Unbelief Researcher Professor Jamin Halberstadt and Brittany Cardwell explore the ways in which religion may affect the unconscious beliefs of unbelievers.
- The Conversation ‘Religion may alter your psychology, even if you’re a non-believer’ (December 2017)
Learn more about Jamin Halberstadt’s Understanding Unbelief research project here…
Dr Lois Lee explores the limitations of current survey methodologies in measuring the nonreligious population in Britain.
- Church Times ‘Take the beliefs of the non-religious seriously’ (3 November 2017)
Select press coverage of the finding of the 2016 British Social Attitudes (BSA) Survey that unbelievers’ now comprise 53% of the UK population.
- Church Times ‘British pass another milestone on the journey away from faith’ (4 September 2017)
Spiritual But Not Religious
Dr Miguel Farias considers unbeliever’s interest in spiritual practices like meditation.
- Psychology Today ‘Am I an Illusion? Atheists is search of the spirit- through meditation’ (12 July 2017)
Select press coverage for Stephen Bullivant’s report, ‘The “No Religion Population of Britain”. Research funded by the Department of Evangelisation and Catechesis of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales. Published by the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society.
- The Observer ‘Nearly 50% are of no religion – but has UK hit ‘peak secular’? (14 May 2017)
- BBC Radio 4 ‘Breakaway’ Anglican church’ (14 May 2017)
- The Telegraph ‘Anglican church congregation numbers have ‘stabilised’ (14 May 2017)
- The Herald ‘Study finds Scotland one of the least religious areas in the UK’ (14 May 2017)
- Mail on Sunday ‘Rising patriotism and pride in being Christian sees Church of England congregations grow’ (14 May 2017)
- Catholic Herald ‘A quarter of ‘non-religious’ Britons admit to praying’ (14 May 2017)
- The Times ‘Exodus from Church of England slows at last’ (15 May 2017)
- Metro ‘Nearly half of us are non-religious- as Christians ‘convert’ into unbelievers’ (15 May 2017)
- Russia Today ‘Losing my religion? Secular Brits now outnumber Christians, but Islam and Hinduism growing’ (15 May 2017)
- The Christian Post ‘Dramatic fall of Christianity in UK continues: 26 Christians abandon faith for every one new convert’ (15 May 2017)
Is atheism a religion?
New Scientist writer Graham Lawton talks to Understanding Unbelief’s Dr Lois Lee; Dr Jonathan Lanman; and Dr Miguel Farias, and other leading scholars, about the study of atheism.
- New Scientist, ‘Faith of the faithless: Is atheism just another religion?’ (11 April 2017)
Atheism and death anxiety
Select coverage of new research led by Dr Jonathan Jong ‘The religious correlates of death anxiety: Systematic review and meta-analysis’.
- Sputnik International ‘Atheists and the highly religious least likely to be scared of death’ (28 March 2017)
- Physorg ‘Study into who is least afraid of death’ (24 March 2017)
- University of Oxford ‘Study into who is least afraid of death’ (24 March 2017)
- Europawire ‘New studies show death not feared by religious and atheists’ (23 March 2017)