Jail, Food Stamps, and Atheism

Phil Zuckerman

in Faith No More

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740017
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918690 | DOI:
Jail, Food Stamps, and Atheism

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Based on in-depth interviews with two former believers, Nancy and Rita, this chapter presents the life stories of two apostates, exploring the personal reasons and circumstances behind their rejection of religion. While their stories are very different, these women also have some matters in common. Both were from poor, working-class families with little education; both struggled with drugs, bad relationships, and hard life circumstances. Yet, as they worked to successfully improve themselves, their faith simultaneously evaporated. Issues surrounding gender, religion, and atheism are highlighted and explored.

Keywords: apostasy; women; poverty; gender; drugs; crime

Chapter.  5981 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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