• 75 Citations
  • 5 h-Index

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Personal profile

Research Interests

My current research explores the enduring psychological connections between religion, nonreligion, and the capacity for imagination. While the theoretical aspects of this relationship are wont, empirical investigation is lacking. Rather than assume religious and nonreligious representations exist as psychologically distinct phenomena within the imagination, I’m utilizing the most current evolutionary thinking and cognitive science to test this assumption. Therefore, my approach breaks down the cultural dichotomies that exist between things typically deemed religious (e.g., Jesus, prayer, synagogue attendance) and nonreligious (e.g., Harry Potter, Cosplay, video gaming). Moreover, my research will uncover how proximal or distal the psychological consequences of engagement with a wide range of imaginative agents and worlds are from each other.

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


Managing Editor, The Religious Studies Project

2015 → …


  • 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

Predicting age of atheism: credibility enhancing displays and religious importance, choice, and conflict in family of upbringing

Langston, J., Speed, D. & Coleman III, T. J., 2 Jan 2020, In : Religion, Brain & Behavior. 10, 1, p. 49-67 19 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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

    Open Access
  • 6 Citations (Scopus)

    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

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Researcher Degrees of Freedom in the Psychology of Religion

    Charles, S. J., Bartlett, J. E., Messick, K., Coleman III, T. & Uzdavines, A., 2019, In : The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. 29, 4, p. 230-245 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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

    Open Access
    6 Citations (Scopus)
    48 Downloads (Pure)


    • 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