The sociology department of Berkeley University is currently conducting an academic study of atheists . If you would like to participate in this study, there are links at the bottom of this entry.
In addition to this study, Cristina Rad has started an open YouTube Tag on this subject, featuring 5 selected questions from the study. These videos are useful as they may give people an insight into what it’s like to be an atheist. Feel free to create your own video response to Cristina’s tag.
The TAG questions :
1. Were you raised atheist or did you have a religious upbringing of some sort?
• Sub-point 1a: If raised religious — When and why did you become an atheist? What was this transition from religion like for you, for your family, etc.? Was this a quick transition or a slow one? Was it easy for you or difficult?
• Sub-point 1b: If raised atheist — Have you ever been drawn to religion at any point in your life? Why or why not?
2. Overall, would you say that other people’s belief in God is a good thing, a bad thing or something you’re indifferent about? Why?
3. Have you ever been treated differently by people because you’re an atheist? If so, please describe this in detail.
4. If not a religious person, do you consider yourself to be a spiritual person? Why or why not?
5. For many people, belief in God provides hope or comfort with respect to suffering in the world and to the inevitability of death. As an atheist, how do you come to terms with these things?
My Own Video Response
This response is longer than our usual videos, but I chose to keep my answers candid and without cutting:
Participate in the Study
COPY/PASTE the forms into WORD documents and then submit your answers to :
Professor of Religion and Society