|Agnosticism:A philosophical position neither affirming nor denying belief in a deity. Agnostics believe the question of whether God exists must be left open and unanswered. The concept comes from David Hume (1711-1776), who questioned the idea of causality, and by extension the historical accuracy of biblical miracles. The term "agnostic" was coined by Thomas Huxley (1825-1895), and was used as a method more than a belief system, claiming that one should seek truth until a certain point where the evidence becomes scarce or non-existent (Reid et al. 1990: 31).|
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Citations are taken from the Sociology of Religion Searchable Bibliographic Database, created and updated by Anthony J. Blasi (Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame; University of Texas at San Antonio). The ARDA is not responsible for content or typographical errors.
|Neither ideologues nor agnostics: Alternative voters' belief sysem in an age of partisan politics. |
Baldassarri, Delia, and Amir Goldberg (2014)
American Journal of Sociology 120:1: 45-95.
Associated Search Terms: United States; Politics, U.S.A.
|Perceptions of Science and American Secularism.|
Baker, Joseph O. (2012)
Sociological Perspectives 55:1: 167-188.
Favorable view of science is more characteristic of secularists than religiously affiliated Americans.
Associated Search Terms: Science; United States; Evolution; Creationism; Agnostic; Atheist, U.S.A.
|Atheists and Agnostics Negotiate Religion and Family.|
Ecklund, Elaine Howard, and Kristen Schultz Lee (2011)
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 50:4: 728-743.
Based on 2005-08 interviews with scientists who do not believe in a religion but join religions for the sake of their families & out of a desire for community. See erratum in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 51:1 (2012): iv.
Associated Search Terms: Agnostic; Scientist; Atheist, U.S.A.; Family
|None Too Simple: Examining Issues of Religious Nonbelief and Nonbelonging in the United States. |
Baker, Joseph O., and Buster G. Smith (2009)
Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 48:4: 719-733.
Analyzes 2007 U.S.A. survey data; explores the stances of the true atheists, agnostics, & unchurched believers.
Associated Search Terms: United States; Unchurched religion; Agnostic; Atheist, U.S.A.
|Beyond Belief: Atheism, Agnosticism, and Theistic Certainty in the United States. |
Sherkat, Darren E. (2008)
Sociological Spectrum 28:5: 438-459.
Associated Search Terms: Belief; Atheist, U.S.A.; Agnostic
|"'Ich würd' mir das offen lassen." Agnostische Spiritualität als Annäherung an die "große Transzendenz" eines Lebens nach dem Tode.|
Wohlrab-Sahr, Monika, Uta Karstein, and Christine Schaumburg (2005)
Zeitschrift für Religionswissenschaft 13: 153-174.
Associated Search Terms: Agnostic; Death
|Religious Beliefs in Europe: Factors of Accelerated Decline.|
Dogan, Mattei (2003)
Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion 14: 161-188.
Reviews of a number of surveys showing a decline in religious belief in Europe.
Associated Search Terms: Apostasy; Agnostic; Belief; Generations; Europe
|Religious Independents Within Western Industrialized Nations: a Socio-demographic Profile.|
Hayes, Bernadette C. (2000)
Sociology of Religion 61:2: 191-207.
Analyzes cross-cultural survey data from western industrial nations; religious independents are more likely to be non-believers. They tend to be young, single, educated, & especially male.
Associated Search Terms: Atheist; Agnostic; Independents
|Power and Knowledge: A Study in the Social Development of Early Christianity.|
Green, Henry A. (1991)
Studies in Religion/Sciences religieuses 20:2: 217-231.
Sees the 2nd century struggle between Catholic & Agnostic Christianity as between institutionalized power & those resisting institutionalization.
Associated Search Terms: Sociology of knowledge; Early Christian; Gnostic; Institutionalization; Power
|Varieties of Unbelief. Atheists and Agnostics in English Society, 1850-1960.|
Budd, Susan (1977)
Historical & sociological study of the various anti-clerical movements, secular religions, & religions of science & ethics in Britain.
Associated Search Terms: Great Britain; Historical; Atheist, Great Britain
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|DESCREL from Exploring Religious America, 2002|
Please indicate which of the following best describes your religion.
|ATHEIST from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)|
|CI_1_2 from Portraits of American Life Study, Merged Dataset, 2006-2012|
[Wave 2] Respondent's religion
|CIP_1_2 from Portraits of American Life Study, Merged Dataset, 2006-2012|
[Wave 2] Respondent's religion as adult before 2006
|CIF_31_2 from Portraits of American Life Study, Merged Dataset, 2006-2012|
[Wave 2] Spouse/partners religion
|CIF_1_2 from Portraits of American Life Study, Merged Dataset, 2006-2012|
[Wave 2] Respondent's religion in which raised
|P_H1W1 from Portraits of American Life Study, Merged Dataset, 2006-2012|
[Wave 1] Which of the following do you consider yourself?
1) Roman Catholic
|ATHEIST1 from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 3 (2007-2008)|
(atheist1_w3) [IF DOES NOT CONSIDER SELF ANY RELIGION, DK OR REF OR IF REPORTS BEING "NOT RELIGIOUS," DK OR REF] F:11. Do you consider yourself to be an atheist, agnostic, just not religious, or something else? [MAKE SURE NOT PROTESTANT, CATHOLIC, JEWISH, OR MUSLIM; IF SO, GO BACK TO F:9 OR F:10.]
|PATHEIST from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)|
P82. [If parent respondent does not identify with a religious tradition/denomination/church or answered "don't know" or "refused"][IF P81 <> 1] Do you consider yourself to be an atheist, an agnostic, just not religious, or something else? [IV INSTRUCTION: MAKE SURE RESPONSE IS NOT PROTESTANT, CATHOLIC, JEWISH, OR MUSLIM; IF SO, SNAP BACK TO P81]
|ATHEIST1 from National Study of Youth and Religion, Wave 1 (2003)|
Y63. [If teen does not identify with a religion][IF Y61=0,2,3 OR Y62> 7] Do you consider yourself to be an atheist, agnostic, just not religious, or something else? (MAKE SURE NOT PROTESTANT, CATHOLIC, JEWISH, OR MUSLIM; IF SO, SKIP, BACK TO APPROPRIATE CATEGORY.)
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