Examining atheists

There Is No God: Atheists in America bookcoverDavid A. Williamson, associate professor of sociology, and George Yancey, professor of sociology, interviewed more than 50 individuals for their book There Is No God: Atheists in America (Rowman & Littlefield Publishers).

They were inspired to write the book after interviewing about 2,500 people for their 2012 book What Motivates Cultural Progressives? and found a large sample of atheists who had provided extensive information on their attitudes toward the cultural and religious right. Williamson was struck by the intensity of feelings atheists have toward the far-religious and political right.

"Rationality they understand. Faith they don't," he says.