Vehicles of New Atheism: The Atheist Bus Campaign, Non-religious Representations and Material Culture

Lee, Lois (2017) Vehicles of New Atheism: The Atheist Bus Campaign, Non-religious Representations and Material Culture. In: New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates. Sophia Studies in Cross-cultural Philosophy of Traditions and Cultures . Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 69-86. ISBN 978-3-319-54962-0. E-ISBN 978-3-319-54964-4. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-54964-4_5) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

What unites New Atheist contributions in a single culture is their shared radical secularist critique of religion, made on philosophical or moral grounds. Discussion of New Atheism typically focuses on these intellectual aspects, attending to their coherence and impact. This chapter shifts attention from the ideal to the physical, demonstrating how New Atheism and related atheist cultural movements have impacted upon and worked through material environments. I argue that detailed analysis of the media via which New Atheist ideas are communicated reveals impacts and legacies that might otherwise be ignored. The Atheist Bus Campaign is used as a case study. This campaign has attracted much attention, focusing again on its intellectual and activist elements: the intentions behind it, the ideas expressed in it. In addition to this, however, the materiality of the campaign has shaped its impact and set its course in sometimes unexpected directions. The case of the bus campaign illustrates a broader argument that an investigation of the impact and legacy of New Atheism must look not only to its intellectual content but also to the social and cultural vehicles of that content and to their movement through time and space.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Religious Studies
Depositing User: Lois Lee
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2017 11:48 UTC
Last Modified: 14 Dec 2017 11:51 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/65385 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Lee, Lois: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0568-2958
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