CfP: Philosophical Atheism and Communities of Faith

We invite papers on themes related to the intersection of philosophical atheism and communities of faith. While prominent atheists, humanists, and secularists insist that questions of faith be resolved using the same epistemic tools as scientific inquiry, many members of faith communities relate to these questions through the lens of identity and solidarity. This is especially an issue in black communities, where houses of worship have served as crucial sites of spiritual, economic, and racial uplift. In addition, the default assumptions of religious and atheist communities ignore the acute challenges faced by many black atheists and humanists whose beliefs are at odds with this historical bedrock of racial solidarity. We propose to take up the intersecting theories of faith and unbelief as identities, epistemic methods, and ethico-political disruptions to the oppressive status quo.

We encourage submissions on the following possible topics:

  • Sartrean philosophy of race and Sartre’s atheism
  • Pan-Africanism and syncretic spirituality
  • “We are never more segregated than when we pray.”
  • The Atheists’ Closet
  • Civic Religion and Religious Anti-realism
  • Faith and abolition
  • Prison conversions and the politics of parole
  • Multiracial churches
  • Interfaith Dialogues as a space of racial recognition
  • Black atheists
  • Civic engagement in religious and secular contexts
  • Faith and family
  • LGBTQ communities in/and communities of faith
  • The Secular Age
  • The politics of the black church
  • Religion and/as Identity Politics
  • The Consolations of Faith and Philosophy
  • Faith-based deliberation and “public reason”

Submission Deadline: December 1, 2013 (Notification of Acceptance by December 15, 2013)

Submission Guidelines: We invite 500-1000 word abstracts for individual papers.

Abstracts should be submitted via email to joshua.miller@morgan.edu and should be in either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF. Please put “Philosophical Atheism” in your subject line and include the following information with your proposal: Name; Institutional affiliation; Title; Email address; Presentation title; Brief bio.

About Joshua Miller

I teach in Baltimore, worry about biases and heuristics in the context of democratic deliberation, and write about political theory, civic studies, and sometimes philosophy of law. Lately I have been especially keen on esteem, social norms, and matters related to common-pool resource management. I am also Editor of The Good Society, which is the journal of the Political Economy of the Good Society.
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