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Parenting While Secular: How Atheists and Agnostics Negotiate Religion and Family in the U.S.

Friday, June 7
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Center for Inquiry – Transnational
1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst, New York 14228 United States

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Center for Inquiry Western New York


This lecture will examine if and how atheists and agnostics interface with religion when raising children by looking at one group, scientists who are parents, which is likely to have a much larger proportion of atheists and agnostics when compared to parents in the general public. The main questions asked are: How do atheist and agnostic parents frame their approach to religion (particularly the religious socialization of their children)? Do atheist parents seek out religious communities in which to parent and how do they interface with such communities when they do? What is their approach to parenting and how do they negotiate the religious socialization of their children with spouses who may hold different beliefs than their own?

Kristen Schultz Lee’s research interests focus on gender and the life course in a comparative framework.  She is interested in investigating how social context influences family behaviors and the happiness of different groups (defined by social class and marital status).  In other research, Lee is investigating academic inequality among children.  Lee’s research has been supported by the Japan Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Fulbright Foundation.

This event is free to CFI members and $5 for the public. Refreshments will be served.