‘Virtuous Atheists’: Unbelief in Postwar Canada

Date(s) - May 2, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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This talk looks at the evolving views on, and experiences of, unbelief in
Canada between the late 1950s and early 1980s. Drawing partly on oral
interviews, I consider why growing numbers of Canadians turned or
stayed away from religious belief during that era. I also explore some of
the ways that unbelievers disassociated religiosity from goodness and
helped to challenge – and ultimately erode – the entrenched stigma
against atheism.

Tina Block is an associate professor of History at Thompson Rivers University in
Kamloops, British Columbia. She is author of The Secular Northwest: Religion,
Irreligion, and Everyday Postwar Life (UBC Press). Her current research focuses
on the social history of unbelief in postwar Canada.


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