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Atheist AwakeningSecular Activism and Community in America$
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Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199986323

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199986323.001.0001

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(p.147) Conclusion
Atheist Awakening

Richard Cimino

Christopher Smith

Oxford University Press

The conclusion examines the prospects of secularism and its interaction with religion in the United States. First, it examines the relationship between secularism and secularization. The chapter also looks at factors that trigger secularization, the possibilities for success in advancing organized secularism, as well as internal divisions within organized secularism. Part of our discussion considers the reasons that a move toward secularism may not lead to organizational gains for atheism or secular humanism. The chapter addresses regional differences in cultural secularity in the United States and how the civil rights movement has informed secularists’ struggles for equity and recognition. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the prospects of secularist-religious dialogue.

Keywords:   atheism, secularism, secular humanism, secularization

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