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Teemu Taira

Teemu Taira is senior lecturer in the study of religion, University of Helsinki, and docent at the department of study of religion, University of Turku, Finland. His research has focused on three areas: religion in the media; the new visibility of atheism and nonreligion; and discursive study of the category of “religion.” He has published on paganism […]

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Chrissy Stroop

Chrissy Stroop is a senior correspondent for Religion Dispatches, columnist for Open Democracy, co-editor of Empty the Pews: Stories of Leaving the Church and commentator on religion and politics, the U.S. Christian right, Russia and foreign policy. 

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Bradley Onishi

Bradley Onishi is an associate professor of religion at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, who studies Christian mysticism and atheism, as well as religions and dying. He is co-host of the podcast “Straight White American Jesus.”

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Friederike Nüssel

Friederike Nüssel is director of the Ecumenical Institute at the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany. She is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria. In addition to courses on Protestantism, she teaches a course on modern atheism. She was a member of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity, which produced the Vatican document […]

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Richard Cimino

Richard Cimino is a sociologist of religion based at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Va. He has written about atheism, humanism, Lutheranism and Eastern religions and is the editor of Religion Watch, a journal about trends is American religion.

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Jason Heap

Jason Heap is the executive director of the United Coalition of Reason, an national umbrella organization for local atheist. freethought and humanist groups in the U.S. He can discuss the size of local freethought groups, the spread of freethought in the U.S. and vandalism of atheism billboards.

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Robyn Blumner

Robyn Blumner is the executive director of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science and the incoming CEO of Center for Inquiry. She is an expert on First Amendment issues involving freedom of expression, including religion. She can discuss matters pertaining to Center for Inquiry, which promotes secularism and reason, and is an advocate […]

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Chris Stedman

Chris Stedman is the executive director of the Yale Humanist Community at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. He is the author of Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground With the Religious.

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