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The Sacred #47: Will Gervais and Penny Edgell

The Sacred #47: Will Gervais and Penny Edgell

In the 47th episode of The Sacred, Elizabeth Oldfield talks to experts in atheism and non–religion, Will Gervais and Penny Edgell. 04/09/2019

Will is an evolutionary and cultural psychologist, and Penny is a cultural sociologist with an interest in the non–religious in America. This episode was recorded at The Cultures of Unbelief Conference at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome in May 2019. The conference marked the end of the major Understanding Unbelief research programme run by the University of Kent and partners over three years involving 22 projects globally. The conference also marked fifty years since another conference convened by the Vatican, called The Culture of Unbelief which was the first academic conference on atheism.

In this episode they talk about replication crises, the problems with academic formation and the effect of stigma on the non–religious.

This podcast is a project of Theos Think Tank (@theosthinktank) and is hosted by Elizabeth Oldfield (@theoselizabeth).

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Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth Oldfield

Elizabeth is Theos’ Director. She appears regularly in the media, including BBC One, Sky News, and the World Service, writing in The Financial Times and delivering Thought for the Day on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Posted 3 September 2019

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