Submission deadline: February 28, 2021


European Journal for Philosophy of Religion is pleased to announce a CFP for a special issue on "Anti-Theism: Metaphysics, Psychology, Epistemology and Ethics" (Guest-Editors: Igor Gasparov (Voronezh State Medical University, Voronezh, Russia), Kirill Karpov (Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia) Mikael Stenmark (Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden)

Anti-theism is a view that belief in the existence of God, theistic beliefs and even religion as such (Abrahamic religions, in particular) are not only false or epistemically unjustified, but harmful, offensive and morally inappropriate to hold. Those who hold anti-theistic views usually claim that theistic beliefs, religious institutions and practices have negative axiological value even if God existed, since they contradict human well-being and goodness. Though anti-theism is becoming more and more popular among scientists, scholars and persons from the street, it is still rarely in the focus of serious research. Hence philosophers of religion ought to pay more careful attention to this kind of worldview.

In this special issue we would like to rise among others the following questions:

  • What kind of ontology does lay in the foundation of anti-theism?
  • What kind of anthropology does lay in the foundation of anti-theism?
  • Are metaphysical presuppositions of anti-theism coherent?
  • What are social and personal motives of accepting anti-theistic views?
  • Are anti-theistic beliefs epistemically justified?
  • In what do moral grounds of anti-theism consist?
  • How does anti-theism relate to secular humanism?

We strongly believe that it is highly important to evaluate anti-theism as a kind of worldview in order to provide an axiological comparison of possible scenarios in which God exists and does not exist.


Deadline for submission: February 28, 2021
Deadline for paper reviews: May 15, 2021
Deadline for submission of revised papers: July 31, 2021

Notice of acceptance/rejection: September 15, 2021

Publication date: Issue 4/2021 or Issue 1/2022


All papers will be subject to double-blind peer-review, following international standard practices. Manuscripts should be submitted exclusively through EJPR’s online submission system in the category “articles”. Articles must be in English with a maximum word count of 8.000, including title, abstract and references. The author must then select the special article type: “Special Issue – Anti-theism” from the selection provided in the submission process. This is needed in order to assign the submissions to the Guest Editor. All relevant information regarding the registration and submission process and the author guidelines are to be found here:

For any further information, please contact: Please type Anti-theism in the subject box of your e-mail.

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