Thomas J. Coleman III
615 McCallie Avenue
Department of Psychology
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37403 USA
E-mail address: Thomas-J-Coleman@mocs.utc.edu
Born: February 8th, 1984 – Annapolis Maryland
Citizenship: United States of America
- Currently a graduate student in the Research Psychology Master’s degree program at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga under the supervision of Dr. Ralph W. Hood Jr.
- Bachelors of Science, magna cum laude in psychology, May 2014
Honors And Awards
- Member – PSI CHI International Honor Society in Psychology
- Assistant Editor for the journal Secularism & Nonreligion, July 2014 – present
- Assistant Editor for The Religious Studies Project, December 2013 – present
- Graduate Advising Editor for the journal Modern Psychological Studies, July – present
- Director of the Hood Psychology of Religion Lab at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga under Dr. Ralph W. Hood Jr.
- Assistant Project Manager Position on the Bielefeld International Spirituality Research Study
- 2013 Duke University scholarship awarded for the Summer Research Course on Religion, Spirituality and Health
- 2013 International Association for the Psychology of Religion student scholarship fee waiver
- 2013 Center For Inquiry Student Leadership Conference travel scholarship
- 2012 Richard Dawkins Foundation scholarship awarded for the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry Convention
- American Psychological Association
- Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
- International Association for the Psychology of Religion
Exploring multiple methodologies in the domains of qualitative and quantitative research focusing in the psychology of religion/spirituality and atheism/nonbelief. Specific interests include philosophy of science, theory of mind, horizontal/vertical transcendence, spirituality, secularization, cognitive science of religion, nonbelief, social psychology, evolutionary psychology, and narrative/biographical analysis and philosophical psychology.
Current Projects And Research
- Assistant to Society for the Scientific Study of Religion 2014 Program Chair Ralph W. Hood Jr.
- Research consultant for Liberty University PhD. candidate Winnie Gray White for “Christian music experiences in the faith development of adolescents: A phenomenological study”, January 2014 to May 2014.
- Teaching Assistant for Dr. David Ross social psychology 3310 University of Tennessee at Chattanooga spring 2014 semester.
- Research Coordinator for “The Effects of Cognitive Load and Stereotypic Thinking on the Interpretation of Religious Experience” with Matthew C. Durham and Christopher F. Silver, May 2013 to present.
- Project Manager for “Islamic Acculturation in America” with graduate researcher Hadia Ghazi, May 2013 to present.
- Project Manager for a study of Non-Belief in America with Christopher F. Silver, November 2012 to June 2013.
- Assistant Project manager for the USA, conducting spirituality research with Heinz Streib, Barbara Keller and Ralph W. Hood Jr., June 2012 to present.
Publications And Papers
- Coleman, T. J. III, (2013) The Secular Reality: A Response to Pratt’s “Durkheimian Dread”. The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series. http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/2013/02/06/the-secular-reality-by-thomas-j-coleman-iii/
- Coleman, T. J. III, Silver, C. F. & Holcombe, J. (2013) Focusing on Horizontal Transcendence: much more than a “non-belief”. Essays In The Philosophy Of Humanism. 21 (2), pp. 1-18.
Forthcoming / Under Review
- Shook, J. R., Hood, R. W. Jr., & Coleman, T. J. III, (CFP, in preparation). ‘Atheism, Secularity, and Science’. A special issue in the journal Science, Religion & Culture.
- Altınlı-Macić, M., & Coleman, T. J. III, (forthcoming). Spirituality and Religion: An Empirical Study Using a Turkish Muslim Sample.
- Coleman, T. J. III, Silver, C. F., Hood, R. W. Jr., (forthcoming). Beyond “Religions” and “Spiritualties” Case Study of a “neither spiritual nor religious” Respondent. In: The Semantics and Psychology of Spirituality Vol. 2. Streib, H. & Hood, R. Eds. Springer.
Edited / Reviewed Blog Publications
- Coleman, T. J. III, (2013) Implicit Frameworks: The Tyrannical Hegemonic Discourse. The Nonreligion & Secularity Research Network Official Blog, Methods and Methodologies. http://blog.nsrn.net/2013/11/01/implicit-frameworks-the-tyrannical-hegemonic-discourse/
- Coleman, T. J. III, (2014) The 2014 SSSR Annual Meeting: A Testament to the Growing Popularity and Importance of Secularism and Nonreligion Research. The Nonreligion & Secularity Research Network Official Blog, Upcoming Events. http://blog.nsrn.net/2014/07/09/the-2014-sssr-annual-meeting-a-testament-to-the-growing-popularity-and-importance-of-secularism-and-nonreligion-research/
- Guthrie, S. E. (2014, May 11) (Coleman, T. J. III, Chair) Plenary lecture “A cognitive theory of religion: Biology, anthropomorphism and evolutionary epistemology” presented at the Cognitive science of religion, philosophy and theology conference in Oxford England at the University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Coleman, T. J. III, Hood, R. W. Jr & Silver, C. F. (2013, August 30) Horizontal and Vertical Transcendence; A theory, the paradigm, and research paper presented at the 2013 International Association for the Psychology of Religion world congress in Lausanne Switzerland
- Silver, C. F. & Coleman, T. J. III (2013, Aug 31) Empirical Explorations of Spirituality Panel presented at the American Psychological Association 2013 Annual Convention in Honolulu Hawaii
- Silver, C. F., Coleman, T. J. III, Keller, B., Klein, C, Hood, R. W. Jr. & Streib, H (2013, August 28) Spirituality” in Germany and the United States: New Results on the Semantic, Psychological and Biographical Perspectives panel presented at the 2013 International Association for the Psychology of Religion world congress in Lausanne Switzerland
- The Six Types of Nonbelief. Invited presentation at Glyndwr University UK. May 12th, 2014 in the Psychology Seminar Series
- Outside the In-Group: Prayer, Politics and the Separation of Church and State in Hamilton County, Tennessee. Invited presentation at The Chattanooga Humanist Assembly April 6th, 2014
The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series Interviews
- Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Kevin Ladd (interviewee) (2014, May) The Psychology of Prayer: An interview with Kevin Ladd, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-psychology-of-prayer-an-interview-with-kevin-ladd/
- Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Dimitris Xygalatas (interviewee) (2014, April) The Burning Saints, Fire-Walking Rituals of the Anastenaria: An interview with Dimitris Xygalatas, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/the-burning-saints-fire-walking-rituals-of-the-anastenaria-an-interview-with-dimitris-xygalatas/
- Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Tatjana Schnell (interviewee) (2014, April) Sources of Meaning and Meaning in Life – An interview with Tatjana Schnell, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/sources-of-meaning-and-meaning-in-life-an-interview-with-tatjana-schnell/
- Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Harold Koenig (interviewee) (2014, March), ‘Religion, Spirituality and Health’ – An interview with Dr. Harold Koenig, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-spirituality-and-health-an-interview-with-dr-harold-koenig/
- Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Ara Norenzayan (interviewee) (2014, March), Ara Norenzayan on ‘Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/ara-norenzayan-on-big-gods-how-religion-transformed-cooperation-and-conflict/
- Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Robert N. McCauley (interviewee)(2014, February), ‘Religion is Natural and Science is Not’, an interview with Robert McCauley, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-is-natural-and-science-is-not-an-interview-with-robert-mccauley/
- Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Stewart Guthrie (interviewee) (2014, February), ‘Religion as Anthropomorphism’, an interview with Stewart Guthrie, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/religion-as-anthropomorphism-an-interview-with-stewart-guthrie/
- Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Tom Flynn (interviewee)(2013, January), Tom Flynn on ‘Secular Humanism’, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/tom-flynn-on-secular-humanism/
- Coleman, T. J. III, (interviewer), Russell T. McCutcheon (interviewee)(2013, January), Russell McCutcheon on ‘religion’ as ‘sui generis’, The Religious Studies Project Podcast Series, http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/russell-mccutcheon-on-religion-as-sui-generis/
- Coleman, T. J. III, & Silver, C. F. (moderators), Brandt, P. Y., Hood, R. W. Jr., & Streib, H. (discussants) (2013, August). The Religious Studies Project Podcast Psychology of Religion Participatory Panel conducted at the 2013 International Association for the Psychology of Religion world congress in Lausanne Switzerland http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/podcast/rsp-psychology-of-religion-participatory-panel-special/
- Coleman, T. J. III, Back in the SSSR: Reflections on the 2013 SSSR/RRA (2013, November 20), The Religious Studies Project. http://www.religiousstudiesproject.com/2013/11/20/back-in-the-sssr-reflections-on-the-2013-sssrrra-conference-by-thomas-j-coleman-iii/
- Coleman III, T.J. 2014. Review of Big Gods: How Religion Transformed Cooperation and Conflict. Secularism and Nonreligion 3:2, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/snr.an
- Coleman, T. J. III, (2013). (Review) Mental Culture: Classical Social Theory and the Cognitive Science of Religion. Edited by D. Xygalatas and W. McCorkle Jr., Durham: Acumen Publishing Ltd., 2013, British Association for the Study of Religions Bulletin, 18-19
- Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (SSSR) for 2014 SSSR Conference $9,000 (Ralph W. Hood Jr., Christopher F. Silver & Thomas J. Coleman III)
- Humanist Matters, hosted by Dr. John R. Shook on the New Covenant Group, June, 9th 2014 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fS3aE1BFgz4&list=UUaNdPSgemrUrr4yO_8AQsww
- International Association for the Psychology of Religion Newsletter, January 2014, featured in ‘Spreading the news’ section http://psychology-of-religion.com/newsletter-1/
- Dr. Ralph W. Hood Jr. & Thomas Coleman on The Place hosted by Dr. Michael Jones, Dr. John R. Shook & Christopher Maute February 9th 2013 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXnzerUbN5o
- “The naturalness of religious beliefs” Meeting of the Minds hosted by Christopher Maute (Dr. John R. Shook and Thomas Coleman) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_1YhFv2qsoY
- “The six types of non-belief” Meeting of the Minds hosted by Christopher Maute (Christopher Silver and Thomas Coleman) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkvm0MO1SoE
- CNN 1. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/15/the-six-types-of-atheists/ 2. http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/18/the-story-behind-the-six-types-of-atheists-study/
- The Raw Story http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/07/02/atheism-study-authors- congratulations-non-believers-youre-just-like-everybody-else
- The Christian Post http://www.christianpost.com/news/researchers-ritual-atheists-and-agnostics-could-be-sitting-next-to-you-in-church-99373/
- University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Public Relations Office http://blog.utc.edu/news/2013/07/professor-and-student-label-six-types-of-non-believers/
- WTVC News Channel 9 http://www.newschannel9.com/news/top-stories/stories/utc-professor-defines-6-types-atheism-6313.shtml
- Times Free Press http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/2013/jul/30/study-finds-diverse-world-of-atheism/
- The Huff Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/13/atheist- study_n_3587748.html?utm_hp_ref=religion
- The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/andrewbrown/2013/jul/15/six-types-of-atheist?post_id=1381390701_10200221457284066#_=_
- Alternet http://www.alternet.org/belief/6-types-atheists-and-non-believers-america
- The Washington Post http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/on-faith/wp/2013/07/31/varieties-of-atheist-experience/