Episode 40: Nonreligion in a Complex Future, with Dr. Lori Beaman


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In this episode, we consider some of the ways the growing nonreligious population will shape future societies. To do so, we’re joined by Dr. Lori Beaman, the Principal Investigator of the Nonreligion in a Complex Future project. We talk about the numerous and sometimes unexpected effects and changes this project has been examining. Listen in to learn how the growth of the nonreligious has altered everything from our collective understanding of death and dying, to the language used in debating new policies. We also learn how religious assumptions continue to inform immigration and resettlement policies. Lori also weighs in on whether a true nonreligious person can do yoga or wish for a world without religion.

In the bonus content, available exclusively to Patreon subscribers, we discuss how to think about Quebec’s controversial Bill 21, which prohibits the wearing of religious symbols for public officials, including teachers.

For more on the Nonreligion in a Complex Future project: https://nonreligionproject.ca/

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