This event aims to provide a supportive argument for the acceptance of apostates; people who leave their religious faith, and are victims of abuse for doing so. The difficulty to accept people identifying as an apostate might relate to the concerted effort to condemn the individual for their act of betrayal towards their religious faith, culture, and traditional values. This talk utilises a psychological perspective to attempt to understand the difficulties that relate to identifying as an apostate, and how ideological differences of this nature might be perceived by the family and wider community also. Hari Parekh’s preliminary research on Apostates as a Hidden Population of Abuse Victims (Parekh & Egan, 2020), shapes the context for this talk.
19:00–20:00 – Apostasy: the case for acceptance
20:00–20:10 – Break
20:10–21:00 – Q&A
About Hari Parekh
Hari is a Trainee Clinical Psychologist at the University of Liverpool. He has a first-class honours degree in Psychology and Criminology from the University of Northampton and an MSc in Forensic and Criminological Psychology from the University of Nottingham.
Hari was formerly President of Humanists Students and is currently Chair of European Young Humanists, as part of Young Humanists International. Hari has published his MSc thesis on ‘Apostates as a Hidden Population of Abuse Victims’ – the first publication to highlight the worldwide abuse of apostates within religious households, which was published by the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. The full citation is below.
Parekh, H., & Egan, V. (2020). Apostates as a Hidden Population of Abuse Victims. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI:10.1177/0886260519898428