A Theory of Atheist Student Identity Development

Sam Siner


This paper proposes a theory of identity development for the atheist college student. Through examining the parallels between atheist college students and lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) college students as members of a salient, marginalized, and invisible minority group, this paper applies Small’s (1998) theory of atheist student faith development to Fassinger’s (1998) theory of LGB student identity development. Using this conceptual framework, this paper aims to explain how atheist students develop their individual and group identities.

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