Perceptions of Atheists' Origin Stories & Anti-Atheist Prejudice

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dc.contributor Hart, William P.
dc.contributor Altman, Michael J.
dc.contributor.advisor Tullett, Alexa M. McDiarmid, Alex 2021-11-23T14:34:18Z 2021-11-23T14:34:18Z 2021
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003940
dc.identifier.other McDiarmid_alatus_0004M_14496
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract While substantial research on anti-atheist prejudice has considered the role of theists’ traits and beliefs, there has been little focus on the potential impact of theists’ perceptions of atheists’ beliefs. Specifically, perhaps perceptions of atheists’ reasons for accepting atheism further explains anti-atheist prejudice. In the present experiment, participants reported dislike, distrust and pity for atheists who endorses one of four routes to atheism. The four routes assessed were: 1) Analytical: analytical resistance to religious belief, 2) Apatheism: a lack of motivation to believe in deities, 3) Mindblind: a lack of ability to conceive of unobservable deities, and 4) InCREDulous: a lack of exposure to displays of religious devotion. We observed less disliking and distrust, but greater pity, of InCREDulous Atheists compared to each of the other three routes. Further analysis revealed that this difference may be partially explained by theists’ perception that InCREDulous Atheists are indifferent rather than opposed to theism. These findings may suggest that merely a perception that atheists are receptive to arguments for religious belief might reduce anti-atheist prejudice.
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
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dc.subject Anti-Atheist Prejudice en_US
dc.subject Atheists en_US
dc.subject Belief Based Stigma en_US
dc.subject Distrust of Atheists en_US
dc.subject Religious Disbelief en_US
dc.title Perceptions of Atheists' Origin Stories & Anti-Atheist Prejudice en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Psychology Psychology The University of Alabama master’s M.A.

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