Concepts have been a thorny issue in the study of unbelief and related areas like nonreligion, secularity and secularism. We tend to rely on several similar-sounding terms such as ‘atheism’, ‘nontheism’, ‘areligion’, ‘nonreligion. ‘secularity’ and ‘secularism’ which can be difficult to untangle. What is more, people often employ these terms in different ways.

This page provides the following resources to help researchers, students and non-academic users get a handle on this terminology: