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A group for those of us who live (whether intentionally or not) in the 1st state... which is also often mistaken for a city in Maryland.
Location: Delaware, USA
Latest Activity: Jan 30, 2014
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Dear Delaware Atheists,
I am writing to ask if you will send a research survey to your members. The survey looks at the perceptions and attitudes of both affiliated and unaffiliated nonbelievers, concerning the functions and activities of secular, freethought, humanist, and atheist organizations, and also the conduct of individuals and groups in the broader atheist movement/community in general.
It is our goal with this project to generate a portrait of both member and nonmember nonbelievers in America; specifically, we want to understand the following:
(1.) What nonbelievers think secular groups should offer in terms of activities and functions (What do they think secular groups should be doing?)
(2.) What do secular affiliates think are the reasons that nonaffiliates do not join such groups?
(3.) What reasons do nonaffiliates themselves give for not joining secular groups that exist for them?
(4.) What general approach should secular individuals and groups take towards religion, religious beliefs, and religious people?
Our hope is that your members will also be willing to distribute the survey link to their friends and acquaintances who are nonbelievers but who are not members of secular, freethought, humanist, or atheist organizations; this particular population is of great interest to scholars studying atheism, partly because they are hard to reach and/or identify, and partly because we know even less about them than more visible or affiliated atheists (this is, in turn, due to the first reason).
The survey link is below, and only those who have this specific link can access it; I have included this link so that you may see the survey for yourself. This will help you determine whether or not this is something you’d like to send to your members. You will also notice that the instructions at the start of the survey include notices about privacy and confidentiality of responses. Furthermore, this survey is only intended to be taken by those who are 18 years of age or older, who are also self-identified nonbelievers and U.S. citizens or long term residents of the U.S.
Attitudes of Affiliated and Unaffiliated Nonbelievers on the Functi...
About the researchers:
Joseph Langston is an independent researcher, having received his MA in 2012 from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (http://independent.academia.edu/JosephLangston).
Dr. Ryan Cragun is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa (http://www.ut.edu/content.aspx?bio=1&id=4402). He is a member of the Atheist Research Collaborative (http://atheistresearch.org/Researchers.php).
Joseph Hammer is a doctoral candidate in counseling psychology at Iowa State University (http://www.public.iastate.edu/~hammer/). He is also a member of the Atheist Research Collaborative.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please direct them to Joseph Langston at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ryan Cragun Sociology Department University of Tampa Joseph Hammer Department of Psychology Iowa State University Joseph Langston Independent Researcher
I don't get on the Nexus very often but it occurred to me this might be of interest to some of the locals on here: in addition to the humanist group that meets in the Wilmington area, there's an informal atheist meetup group now that gets together once or twice a month in the vicinity of Newark: http://www.meetup.com/Delaware-Atheist-Meetup/
Well, The Picnic is tomorrow hope to see you there.
Here is the link on our meetup site.
Delaware Association for Humanism's summer picnic Saturday, June 23rd beginning at 2 PM.
Stephen, if you have facebook, http://www.facebook.com/groups/DelawareHumanism/
Also, do you have G+? I'm not on here too much. I'm on G+ all the time though. :)
Wow, didn't even know about DE Association if Humanists, I was looking in Philly assuming DE didn't have much. That's what I get for assuming.I'm definitely going to look into it, sounds like a great group.
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