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The Global Center for Religious Research (GCRR) is hosting the 2020 International eConference on Atheism, which is open to believers and nonbelievers alike. The purpose of this multidisciplinary virtual conference is to advance the scientific and philosophical understanding of atheism, nonreligion, agnosticism, and counterapologetics today. The eConference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for scholars, educators, and practitioners to present their research into recent innovations, trends, and concerns in contemporary atheism. Moreover, this 3-day event will promote dialogue and understanding among nonbelievers, as well as those who interact with them.

And because the conference is held online, scholars and students can attend from the comfort and safety of their own home at lower costs without having to worry about travel and lodging expenses.

DATES: September 3–5, 2020

Special COVID-19 Pricing:

Only $15 to attend the 3-day academic conference!

Register today to take advantage of this low price before it increases!

Only $10 for GCRR Academic Society Members

Keynote Speakers!

  • John W. Loftus

    • ​Loftus is a former Christian minister and apologist with M.A., M.Div., and Th.M. degrees in Philosophy, Theology, and the Philosophy of Religion, the last of which was earned under William Lane Craig. He is the author of Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity and The Outsider Test for Faith. He edited The Christian DelusionThe End of Christianity, and The Case Against Miracles. He has also coauthored a book with Dr. Randal Rauser titled God or Godless? One Atheist. One Christian. Twenty Controversial Questions.

  • Dr. Richard Carrier

    • ​Dr. Carrier is a philosopher and historian with degrees from Berkeley and Columbia, specializing in the contemporary philosophy of naturalism, and in Greco-Roman philosophy, science, and religion, including the origins of Christianity. He blogs and lectures worldwide, teaches courses online at The Secular Academy, and is the author of many books, including his defense of a naturalist worldview in Sense and Goodness without God, his academic case for the non-existence of Jesus in On the Historicity of Jesus, his work on historical methodology in Proving History, his study of ancient science in Science Education and The Scientist in the Early Roman Empire, his responses to 21st century Christian apologetics in Why I Am Not a Christian and Not the Impossible Faith, and an anthology of his papers on the subject of history in Hitler Homer Bible Christ

  • Aron Ra

    • ​Aron Ra is an American author, podcaster, and atheist activist. He is the host of the Ra-Men Podcast and a regional director of American Atheists. Ra had previously served as President of the Atheist Alliance of America and ran as a Democratic candidate for Texas' District 2 Senate seat. A vocal critic of theism and creationism, as well as an advocate for the inclusion of evolution in science curricula, Ra produces YouTube videos on the topics of skepticism, free thought, and atheism.

  • Dr. David Kyle Johnson

    • ​Dr. Johnson is a professor of philosophy at King’s College (PA) who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Oklahoma. His specializations include metaphysics, logic, and philosophy of religion, and he also produces lecture series for The Teaching Company’s The Great Courses (such as Sci-Phi: Science Fiction as Philosophy, The Big Questions of Philosophy, and Exploring Metaphysics). Kyle is the editor-in-chief of The (forthcoming) Palgrave Handbook of Popular Culture as Philosophy and also regularly edits volumes for Blackwell-Wiley. Most recently this includes Black Mirror and Philosophy: Dark Reflections and a second edition of Introducing Philosophy through Popular Culture (with William Irwin).

  • Dr. Jack David Eller

    • Dr. Eller is a retired associate professor of anthropology at the Community College of Denver. He is the author of numerous books, including Cultural Anthropology: Global Forces, Local Lives; Culture and Diversity in the United States; and Cruel Creeds, Virtuous Violence: Religious Violence across Culture and History.​​
  • Jenna Belk

    • Jenna is host of the popular Atheistasis Podcast, as well as co-host of the Atheist Experience.

  • Erin Louis

Call for Presenters!

Religious specialists and philosophers, as well as researchers, professors, graduate students, and other scholars are encouraged to submit abstract proposals (200-500 words) to present at this year’s International academic conference on atheism. All research presentations will then be published in an upcoming supplemental issue of the peer-reviewed academic journal, Socio-Historical Examination of Religion and Ministry (SHERM). Presenters can also feature and promote their own publications during the conference for free!

Abstract Proposal Deadline: July 1st, 2020

Presentation Guidelines

Presentations can take any number of forms, including hosting a discussion panel, interviewing a specialist, presenting a research paper, teaching a classroom lesson, or leading a workshop. Presenters can even video record their presentation outside of the event, rather than host a live session, and then have GCRR show that video recording to conference attendees.

Regardless of the format, we ask that presenters adhere to the following stipulations:

  • Time length for lectures, paper presentations, and classroom lessons:

    • between 20-45 minutes

  • Time length for discussion panels, interviews, and workshops:

    • between 20-90 minutes

  • ​All presentations (except for pre-recorded presentations) will require at least a 30-minute Q&A session at the end for attendees to engage the presenter.

  • Presenters must be members of the GCRR Academic Society

Presentation Capabilities


Cost of Attendance

The following are the only costs associated with attending the conference:

  • To attend the 3-day international academic conference:

    • $15.00 USD​ Ticket Registration

  • To present at the conference:

    • Membership Plan in the GCRR Academic Society

    • Be sure to use your GCRR Academic Society Coupon Code

    • $10.00 USD Ticket Registration