Irrational thinking and prejudice : an atheist anomaly? correlates and predictors of prejudice toward atheists among college students
The number self-identified non-theists is on the rise in the United States. With a recent influx of religious skepticism in various forms of media, the existence of this ideological minority is becoming more salient. This growing population remains understudied in the social sciences. The present survey research attempts to improve this deficit by examining prejudice toward atheists among college students and exploring possible correlates and predictors, including irrational beliefs, self-esteem, and religiosity. More than 80% of respondents exhibited some form of bias against atheists, with religiosity emerging as a viable predictor. This study found a significant correlation between prejudice scores and irrational beliefs. This significance does not hold true, however, for all demographic groups.
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Swan, Lawton K., "Irrational thinking and prejudice : an atheist anomaly? correlates and predictors of prejudice toward atheists among college students" (2007). HIM 1990-2015. 706.