I am working to compile
for publication a book of essays/articles about the experiences of atheists
around the world.
I am from the United
States, where religion is usually a personal matter and one’s beliefs or
non-beliefs do not necessarily affect their public lives. I live in the middle-east, where a
person’s religion is very public, even printed their national identity card,
and people of different religions have different legal systems. It is a much different experience being
atheist in the USA and being an atheist in the middle-east.
I am very interested to
hear about the experience of atheists in different cultures and societies
around the world. Our beliefs are
similar, but the way they affect our lives is very different.
For this reason, I am
seeking contributions of articles from atheists and non-believers around the
world. I am especially interested
to hear from atheists in non-western countries, countries which espouse a state
religion, and countries where the majority religion is non-theistic or
I would like submissions
to include both personal experience and the facts of your environment. Some questions to consider:
What is your experience as
an atheist in your country? Are you open about your non-belief or must you keep
your atheism a secret? Are you discriminated against for your atheism? How does
your day-to-day life compare with the lives of religious believers in your
country? How does your atheism affect your family life? Do you celebrate
holidays? What struggles do you
face, if any, as a non-believer? Does your country list a religion on your
identity card, and if so, is “atheist” allowed as a response? Do you face legal
restrictions due to your beliefs?
(Please assume that
readers have little knowledge of your
religion and explain that cultural context from which you write.)
(pen-names are allowed if
Please submit your essays
to: jennifer (dot) thorson
(at) uwmalumni (dot) com
Good idea, I will respond on this later on.