• 80 Citations
  • 5 h-Index
20132020

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Personal profile

Research Interests

My research interests and publications are eclectic. I combine scholarship from cognitive science, sociology, evolutionary psychology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind to study the origins, development, and maintenance of religious and nonreligious worldviews. In conjunction with several collaborators, my current research focuses on three areas: 1) Identifying and measuring components of nonreligious worldviews; 2) Computer simulated models of the cognitive processes and social dynamics leading to belief and nonbelief in supernatural agents; 3) Investigating how and why moral motivations are stereotypically attributed to religious, as opposed to nonreligious factors.

Education/Academic qualification

MSc, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

External positions

Graduate Student Co-Representative , American Psychological Association Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality Division 36

20152018

Managing Editor, The Religious Studies Project

20152019

Keywords

  • BF Psychology
  • psychology of religion
  • cognitive science
  • cognitive science of religion
  • BL Religion
  • nonreligion
  • atheism
  • nonbelief
  • B Philosophy (General)
  • pragmatism
  • philosophy of mind
  • HM Sociology
  • secularization
  • GN Anthropology
  • cognitive anthropology

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Research Output

New Cognitive and Cultural Evolutionary Perspectives on Atheism

Coleman III, T., Messick, K. & van Mulukom, V., 2019, (Submitted) Routledge Handbook for the Evolution of Religion. Routledge

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  • Atheists on the Santiago way

    Farias, M., Coleman III, T. J., Bartlett, J. E., Oviedo, L., Soares, P., Santos, T. & del Carmen Bas, M., 2019, In : Sociology of Religion. 80, 1, p. 28–44 17 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 7 Citations (Scopus)

    An Introduction to Atheism, Agnosticism, & Non-Religious Worldviews

    Coleman III, T. J., Hood, R. W. & Streib, H., Aug 2018, In : Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 10, 3, p. 203-206 4 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

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    7 Citations (Scopus)
    52 Downloads (Pure)

    Introduction to the special issue: What are religious beliefs?

    Coleman, T. J., Jong, J. & Van Mulukom, V., 2018, In : Contemporary Pragmatism . 15, 3, p. 279-283 5 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

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    3 Citations (Scopus)
    13 Downloads (Pure)

    Nonbelief: An Islamic Perspective

    Sevinc, K., Coleman III, T. J. & Hood, R. W., 25 Jul 2018, In : Secularism and Nonreligion . 7, 5, p. 1-12 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 31 Downloads (Pure)

    Activities

    • 3 Editorial activity

    Secular Studies (Journal)

    Tommy Coleman III (Associate Editor)
    Apr 2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    The Religious Studies Project (Publisher)

    Tommy Coleman III (Editor)
    2015 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Secularism and Nonreligion (Journal)

    Tommy Coleman III (Associate Editor)
    2014 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity