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  • Abbott, D. M. and D Mollen. 2018. Atheism as a concealable stigmatized identity: Outness, anticipated stigma, and well-being. Counseling Psychologist 46(6):685–707.
  • Baker, J. O. and B. G. Smith. 2015. American secularism: Cultural contours of nonreligious belief systems. New York: New York University Press.
  • Baker, Joseph, Samuel Stroope, and Mark Walker. 2018. Secularity, religiosity, and health: Physical and mental health differences between atheists, agnostics, and nonaffiliated theists compared to religiously affiliated individuals. Social Science Research 75:44–57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2018.07.003
  • Beaman, Lori and Steven Tomlins. 2015. Atheist identities—Spaces and social contexts. Cham: Springer Publishing.
  • Bradley, D. F., Exline, J. J., Uzdavines, A., Stauner, N., and J. B. Grubbs. 2018. The reasons of atheists and agnostics for nonbelief in God’s existence scale: Development and initial validation. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality 10(3):263–75. http://doi.org/10.1037/rel0000199
  • Coleman, T. J., III, R. W. Hood Jr., and H. Streib. 2018. An introduction to atheism, agnosticism, and nonreligious worldviews. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality 10(3):203–06. http://doi.org/10.1037/rel0000213
  • Costa, Nestor da. 2017. Creencia e increencia desde las vivencias cotidianas. Una mirada desde Uruguay. Estudos de Religi˜ao 31(3):33–53.
  • Cottee, S. 2015. The apostates: When Muslims leave Islam, 1st ed. London: Hurst.
  • Cotter, Christopher R. 2020. The Critical Study of Non-Religion: Discourse, Identification and Locality. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Cragun, Deborah, Ryan T. Cragun, Brian Nathan, J. E. Sumerau, and Alexandra C. H. Nowakowski. 2016. Do religiosity and spirituality really matter for social, mental, and physical health?: A tale of two samples. Sociological Spectrum. 36(6):359–77.
  • Cragun, Ryan T. 2016. Defining that which is “other to” religion: Secularism, humanism, atheism, freethought, etc. In Religion: Beyond religion, Macmillan reference USA, edited by P. Zuckerman, pp. 1–16. New York City: MacMillan Publishing Company.
  • Cragun, Ryan T., Victoria L. Blyde, J. E. Sumerau, Marcus Mann, and Joseph H. Hammer. 2016. Perceived marginalization, educational contexts, and (non)religious educational experience. Journal of College and Character 17(4): 241–54.
  • Cragun, Ryan T., Joseph H. Hammer, Michael Nielsen, and Nicholas Autz. 2018. Religious/secular distance: How far apart are teenagers and their parents? Psychology of Religion and Spirituality 10(3):288–95.
  • Cragun, Ryan T., Christel J. Manning, and Lori L. Fazzino (eds.). 2017. Organized secularism in the United States. Berlin: De Gruyter.
  • Edgell, Penny, Jacqui Frost, and Evan Stewart. 2017. From existential to social understandings of risk: Examining gender differences in nonreligion. Social Currents 4(6):556–74.
  • Edgell, Penny, Douglas Hartmann, Evan Stewart, and Joseph Gerteis. 2016. Atheists and other cultural outsiders: Moral boundaries and the non-religious in the United States. Social Forces 95(2):607–38.
  • Fisher-Høyrem, S., Herbert, D. 2019. “When You Live Here, That’s What You Get: Other-, Ex-, and Non-Religious Outsiders in the Norwegian Bible Belt,” Religions special issue: “Religion and Mediatisation in Global Perspective” 10 (11), 611. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10110611
  • Garc´ıa, Alfredo and Joseph Blankholm. 2016. The social context of organized nonbelief: County-level predictors of nonbeliever organizations in the United States. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55(1):70–90.
  • Gervais,Will M. and Maxine E.Majle. 2017. How many atheists are there? Social Psychological and Personality Science. 9(1):3–10.
  • LeDrew, Stephen. 2015. The evolution of atheism: The politics of a modern movement. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Lee, Lois. 2015a. Recognizing the nonreligious: Reimagining the secular. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • ———. 2015b. Ambivalent atheist identities power and non-religious culture in contemporary Britain. Social Analysis 59(2):20–39. doi:10.3167/sa.2015.590202
  • Mann, Marcus. 2015. Triangle atheists: Stigma, identity, and community among atheists in North Carolina’s Triangle Region. Secularism and Nonreligion 4(1):11.
  • Manning, Christel. 2015. Losing our religion: How unaffiliated parents are raising their children. New York: New York University Press.
  • Meagher, Richard J. 2018. Atheists in American politics: Social movement organizing from the nineteenth to the twenty first centuries. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Merritt, Jonathan. 2018. America’s epidemic of empty churches. Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/11/what-should-america-do-its-empty-church-buildings/576592/ (accessed January 27, 2019).
  • Mudd, Tommy, Maxine Najle, Ben Ng, and Will Gervais. 2015. The roots of right and wrong: Do concepts of innate morality reduce intuitive associations of immorality with atheism? Secularism and Nonreligion 4(1):10.
  • Packard, Josh and Todd W. Ferguson. 2018. Being done: Why people leave the church, but not their faith. Sociological Perspectives. https://doi.org/10.1177/0731121418800270
  • Pew Research Center. 2019. Religion’s relationship to happiness, civic engagement and health around the world. Washington, DC: Pew Research Center.
  • Price, M. E. and J. Launay. 2018. Increased well-being from social interaction in a secular congregation. Secularism and Nonreligion 7(6):1–9. https://doi.org/10.5334/snr.102
  • Scheitle, Christopher P., Katie E. Corcoran, and Erin B Hudnall. 2018. Adopting a stigmatized label: Social determinants of identifying as an atheist beyond disbelief. Social Forces. https://doi.org/10.1093/sf/soy084
  • Schnabel, Landon and Sean Bock. 2018. The continuing persistence of intense religion in the United States: Rejoinder. Sociological Science 5:711–21.
  • Schnell, Tatjana. 2015. Dimensions of secularity (DoS): An open inventory to measure facets of secular identities. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion 25(4):272–92.
  • Sherkat, D. E. 2017. Religion, politics, and Americans’ confidence in science. Politics and Religion 10(1):137–60.
  • Simmons, Jonathan. 2017. Atheism plus what? Social justice and lifestyle politics among Edmonton atheists. Canadian Journal of Sociology 42(4):425–46.
  • Speed, David. 2017. Unbelievable?! Theistic/epistemological viewpoint affects religion–health relationship. Journal of Religion and Health 56(1):238–57.
  • Speed, David and Ken Fowler. 2015. What’s God got to do with it? How religiosity predicts atheists’ health. Journal of Religion and Health 55(1):296–308.
  • ———. 2017. Good for all? Hardly! Attending church does not benefit religiously unaffiliated. Journal of Religion and Health 56(3):986–1002.
  • Stroope, Samuel and Joseph O. Baker. 2018. Whose moral community? Religiosity, secularity, and self-rated health across communal religious contexts. Journal of Health and Social Behavior 59(2):185–99.
  • Sumerau, J. E. and Ryan T. Cragun. 2016. “I think some people need religion”: The social construction of nonreligious moral identities. Sociology of Religion 77(4):386–407.
  • Taves, Ann, Egil Asprem, and Elliott Ihm. 2018. Psychology, meaning making, and the study of worldviews: Beyond religion and non-religion. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality 10(3):207–17.
  • Thiessen, Joel. 2016. Kids, you make the choice: Religious and secular socialization among marginal affiliates and nonreligious individuals. Secularism and Nonreligion 5(6):1–16. http://doi.org/10.5334/snr.60
  • Tomlins S. 2018. Atheism and religious nones: An introduction to the study of nonreligion in Canada. In Exploring religion and diversity in Canada, edited by Holtmann C., pp. 237–54. Cham, Switzerland. Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-78232-4_11
  • Voas, David and Mark Chaves. 2016. Is the United States a counterexample to the secularization thesis? American Journal of Sociology 121(5):1517–56.
  • ———. 2018. Even intense religiosity is declining in the United States: Comment. Sociological Science 5:694–710.
  • Whitehead, Andrew L., Samuel L. Perry, and Joseph O. Baker. 2018. Make America Christian again: Christian nationalism and voting for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. Sociology of Religion 79(2):147–71.
  • Whitmarsh, Tim. 2016. Battling the Gods: Atheism in the Ancient World. New York: Vintage.
  • Winell, Marlene. 2017. The challenge of leaving religion and becoming secular. In The Oxford handbook of secularism, edited by Phil Zuckerman and John Shook, pp. 603–20. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Zimmerman, K., J. Smith, K. Simonson, and B. W. Myers. 2015. Familial relationship outcomes of coming out as an atheist. Secularism and Nonreligion 4(1):1–13.
  • Zuckerman, Phil and John R. Shook. 2017. The Oxford handbook of secularism. Oxford: Oxford University Press.