Faith No More by Phil Zuckerman

Faith No More
  • Title : Faith No More
  • Author : Phil Zuckerman
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 019024884X
  • Pages : 240
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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During his 2009 inaugural speech, President Obama described the United States as a nation of "Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus--and nonbelievers." It was the first time an American president had acknowledged the existence of this rapidly growing segment of the population in such a public forum. And yet the reasons why more and more people are turning away from religion are still poorly understood. In Faith No More, Phil Zuckerman draws on in-depth interviews with people who have left religion to find out what's really behind the process of losing one's faith. According to a 2008 study, so many Americans claim no religion (15%, up from 8% in 1990) that this category now outranks every other religious group except Catholics and Baptists. Exploring the deeper stories within such survey data, Zuckerman shows that leaving one's faith is a highly personal, complex, and drawn-out process. And he finds that, rather than the cliché of the angry, nihilistic atheist, apostates are life-affirming, courageous, highly intelligent and inquisitive, and deeply moral. Zuckerman predicts that this trend toward nonbelief will likely continue and argues that the sooner we recognize that religion is frequently and freely rejected by all sorts of men and women, the sooner our understanding of the human condition will improve. The first book of its kind, Faith No More will appeal to anyone interested in the "New Atheism" and indeed to anyone wishing to more fully understand our changing relationship to religious faith.


The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience by Jerome P. Baggett

The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience
  • Title : The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience
  • Author : Jerome P. Baggett
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • ISBN Code : 1479874205
  • Pages : 304
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  • Language : English
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A fascinating exploration of the breadth of social, emotional, and spiritual experiences of atheists in America Self-identified atheists make up roughly 5 percent of the American religious landscape, comprising a larger population than Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Jews, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus combined. In spite of their relatively significant presence in society, atheists are one of the most stigmatized groups in the United States, frequently portrayed as immoral, unhappy, or even outright angry. Yet we know very little about what their lives are actually like as they live among their largely religious, and sometimes hostile, fellow citizens. In this book, Jerome P. Baggett listens to what atheists have to say about their own lives and viewpoints. Drawing on questionnaires and interviews with more than five hundred American atheists scattered across the country, The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience uncovers what they think about morality, what gives meaning to their lives, how they feel about religious people, and what they think and know about religion itself. Though the wider public routinely understands atheists in negative terms, as people who do not believe in God, Baggett pushes readers to view them in a different light. Rather than simply rejecting God and religion, atheists actually embrace something much more substantive—lives marked by greater integrity, open-mindedness, and progress. Beyond just talking about or to American atheists, the time is overdue to let them speak for themselves. This book is a must-read for anyone interested in joining the conversation.


Society without God, Second Edition by Phil Zuckerman

Society without God, Second Edition
  • Title : Society without God, Second Edition
  • Author : Phil Zuckerman
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • ISBN Code : 1479844799
  • Pages : 304
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  • Language : English
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An updated edition showcasing the social health of the least religious nations in the world Religious conservatives around the world often claim that a society without a strong foundation of faith would necessarily be an immoral one, bereft of ethics, values, and meaning. Indeed, the Christian Right in the United States has argued that a society without God would be hell on earth. In Society without God, Second Edition sociologist Phil Zuckerman challenges these claims. Drawing on fieldwork and interviews with more than 150 citizens of Denmark and Sweden, among the least religious countries in the world, he shows that, far from being inhumane, crime-infested, and dysfunctional, highly secular societies are healthier, safer, greener, less violent, and more democratic and egalitarian than highly religious ones. Society without God provides a rich portrait of life in a secular society, exploring how a culture without faith copes with death, grapples with the meaning of life, and remains content through everyday ups and downs. This updated edition incorporates new data from recent studies, updated statistics, and a revised Introduction, as well as framing around the now more highly developed field of secular studies. It addresses the dramatic surge of irreligion in the United States and the rise of the “nones,” and adds data on societal health in specific US states, along with fascinating context regarding which are the most religious and which the most secular.


Empty Churches by Alton Brooks Professor of Religion James L Heft,James L. Heft,Jan E. Stets

Empty Churches
  • Title : Empty Churches
  • Author : Alton Brooks Professor of Religion James L Heft,James L. Heft,Jan E. Stets
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press, USA
  • ISBN Code : 0197529313
  • Pages : 384
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  • Language : English
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"Born out of the view that social phenomena are best studied through the lens of different disciplinary perspectives, this book brings together leading scholars in the fields of sociology, developmental psychology, gerontology, political science, history, philosophy, and pastoral theology to study the growing number of individuals who no longer affiliate with a religion tradition. The scholars not only explore this phenomenon from their respective academic disciplines, but they also turn to each other's work to understand better the multi-faceted nature of non-affiliation today. The data gathered shows that it is best not to use the common expression "Nones" to describe non-affiliates because many of them still believe though they may not belong. The scholars explore the complex impact that non-affiliation has on individuals and the wider society, and what the future looks like for religion in America. Later in the book, there are insightful perspectives from professionals in the field who address how we might address non-affiliation, particularly among young adults. In general, this book provides a rich and thoughtful analysis on non-affiliation in American society from multiple scholarly perspectives. The increasing upward trend in non-affiliation threatens the vitality and long-term stability of religious institutions. Both the opening and closing pages of the book remind the reader that at the heart of religious affiliation is commitment and community, which may be the essence of maintaining these religious institutions"--


Confronting Religious Denial of Science by Catherine M. Wallace

Confronting Religious Denial of Science
  • Title : Confronting Religious Denial of Science
  • Author : Catherine M. Wallace
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN Code : 1532603509
  • Pages : 138
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  • Language : English
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Confronting Religious Denial of Science: Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination traces the cultural backstory of contemporary conflicts between biblical literalists who oppose evolution and "New Atheists" who insist that religion is so pernicious it should be outlawed, if not exterminated. That's a clash of fundamentalisms. It's a zero-sum game derived from high Victorian misunderstanding of both religion and science. The God whom science supposedly replaces is the Engineer Almighty sitting at his keyboard, controlling every event on earth. But that's not a viable concept of God. Far better, Wallace argues, to understand Christianity in Clifford Geertz's terms as a system of symbols that both constitutes a worldview and, according to David Sloan Wilson, encourages prosocial behavior. That reframing makes it possible to reclaim what biblical scholars have said for decades: the miracles of Jesus were confrontational symbolic actions. They contradicted the political status quo in colonial Palestine, not the laws of biology. Prayer, she explains, is not magical thinking. It's a creative, highly disciplined introspective process, most familiar to many people in forms like mindfulness meditation. Wallace offers an intriguing exploration of issues that believers seldom discuss in ways that make sense to the religiously unaffiliated.


Faith No More by Phil Zuckerman

Faith No More
  • Title : Faith No More
  • Author : Phil Zuckerman
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199912351
  • Pages : 240
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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During his 2009 inaugural speech, President Obama described the United States as a nation of "Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus--and nonbelievers." It was the first time an American president had acknowledged the existence of this rapidly growing segment of the population in such a public forum. And yet the reasons why more and more people are turning away from religion are still poorly understood. In Faith No More, Phil Zuckerman draws on in-depth interviews with people who have left religion to find out what's really behind the process of losing one's faith. According to a 2008 study, so many Americans claim no religion (15%, up from 8% in 1990) that this category now outranks every other religious group except Catholics and Baptists. Exploring the deeper stories within such survey data, Zuckerman shows that leaving one's faith is a highly personal, complex, and drawn-out process. And he finds that, rather than the clich? of the angry, nihilistic atheist, apostates are life-affirming, courageous, highly intelligent and inquisitive, and deeply moral. Zuckerman predicts that this trend toward nonbelief will likely continue and argues that the sooner we recognize that religion is frequently and freely rejected by all sorts of men and women, the sooner our understanding of the human condition will improve. The first book of its kind, Faith No More will appeal to anyone interested in the "New Atheism" and indeed to anyone wishing to more fully understand our changing relationship to religious faith.


Society Without God by Phil Zuckerman

Society Without God
  • Title : Society Without God
  • Author : Phil Zuckerman
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • ISBN Code : 0814797237
  • Pages : 227
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  • Language : English
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Are lawyers, by their very nature, agents of the state, of capital, of institutions of power? Or are there ways in which they can work constructively or transformatively for the disempowered, the working class, the underprivileged? Lawyers in a Postmodern World explores how lawyers actively create the forms of power which they and others deploy. Through engaging case studies, the book examines how lawyers work within and for powerful institutions and provides suggestions--both general and practical--for ways in which the practice of law can be made to work with and for the powerless. Individuals chapters address such subjects as the contradictions of radical law practice; legal work in South Africa; the economics and politics of negotiating justice; feminist legal scholarship and women's gendered lives; the overlapping worlds of law, business, and politics; theories of legal practice; and how lawyers are constitutive of gender relations. Contributing to the book are Maureen Cain (University of West Indies), Yves Dezalay (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France), Martha Fineman (Columbia University), Sue Lees (University of North London), Doreen McBarnet (Wolfson College, Oxford), Frank Munger (SUNY, Buffalo), Wilfried Scharf (University of Cape Town), Stuart Scheingold (University of Washington), David Sugarman (Lancaster University), and Sally Wheeler (University of Nottingham).


Invitation to the Sociology of Religion by Phil Zuckerman

Invitation to the Sociology of Religion
  • Title : Invitation to the Sociology of Religion
  • Author : Phil Zuckerman
  • Publisher : Psychology Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780415941266
  • Pages : 156
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  • Language : English
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This book intends to serve as a conversational, colorful, engaging, and provocative introduction to the sociology of religion for undergraduates. Written in lively prose, this volume aims to introduce students to the major themes, problems and goals of the sociological study of religion while also summoning the sense of wonder and curiosity for the enterprise itself.


Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini

Atheism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Title : Atheism: A Very Short Introduction
  • Author : Julian Baggini
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780192804242
  • Pages : 119
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  • Language : English
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Do you think of atheists as immoral pessimists who live their lives without meaning, purpose, or values? Think again! Atheism: A Very Short Introduction sets out to dispel the myths that surround atheism and show how a life without religious belief can be positive, meaningful, and moral.


Faith Versus Fact by Jerry A. Coyne

Faith Versus Fact
  • Title : Faith Versus Fact
  • Author : Jerry A. Coyne
  • Publisher : Penguin
  • ISBN Code : 0143108263
  • Pages : 336
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  • Language : English
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The best-selling author of Why Evolution Is True discusses the negative role of religion in education, politics, medicine and social policy, explaining how religion cannot provide verifiable or responsible answers to world problems.


Living the Secular Life by Phil Zuckerman

Living the Secular Life
  • Title : Living the Secular Life
  • Author : Phil Zuckerman
  • Publisher : Penguin Books
  • ISBN Code : 0143127934
  • Pages : 276
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  • Language : English
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Over the last 25 years, 'no religion' has become the fastest-growing religion in the Western World. Revealing the inspiring beliefs that empower secular culture - alongside real stories of nonreligious men and women based on extensive in-depth interviews from across the U.S. - Living the Secular Life will be indispensable for millions of secular people. A manifesto for a booming social movement and a revelatory survey of an overlooked community, this book offers essential and long-awaited information for anyone building a life based on his or her own principles


The Oxford Handbook of Secularism by Phil Zuckerman,John R. Shook

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Secularism
  • Author : Phil Zuckerman,John R. Shook
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199988455
  • Pages : 760
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  • Language : English
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As recent headlines reveal, conflicts and debates around the world more and more frequently involve secularism. National borders and traditional religions can no longer keep people in tidy boxes anymore as political struggles, doctrinal divergences, and demographic trends sweep across regionsand entire continents. Secularity is increasing in society, with a growing number of people in many regions having no religious affiliation or lacking interest in religion. Simultaneously, there is a resurgence of religious participation in the politics of many countries. How might these diversephenomena be interrelated, and better understood? The Oxford Handbook of Secularism offers a wide-ranging examination of secularism on a global scale, bringing together an international collection of views from prominent experts in a variety of fields. This volume reflects the impressive level of academic attention now given to secularism acrossthe humanities, social sciences, law and public policy, and international relations. Long-reigning theories about the pace of secularization, and ideal church-state relations, are here scrutinized by a new generation of scholars studying secularism with new questions, better data, and freshperspectives.This is the essential volume for comprehending the core issues and methodological approaches to the demographics and sociology of secularity; the history and variety of political secularisms; the comparison of constitutional secularisms across countries spanning from America to Asia; the keyproblems now convulsing church-state relations; the intersections of liberalism, multiculturalism, and religion; the latest psychological research into secular lives and lifestyles; and the naturalistic and humanistic worldviews available to nonreligious people. The Oxford Handbook of Secularismaddresses a wide breadth of interrelated issues and problems from multi-disciplinary stances, covering scholarly territory not addressed previously.


Flames of Love by Heath Bradley

Flames of Love
  • Title : Flames of Love
  • Author : Heath Bradley
  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • ISBN Code : 1621897265
  • Pages : 188
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  • Language : English
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Is hell for real, or will all be saved? What if both are true? It is tempting to settle either for the liberal option of downplaying the judgment of God, or for the conservative option of letting dominant church tradition trump fresh understandings of Scripture. Not settling for either of these popular options, this book offers a clear and compelling response to the question of what hell could be for in a universe created and redeemed by a loving God. The book seeks to articulate a distinctively Christian universalism that highlights the centrality of Christ, coheres with the Scriptures and early church tradition, affirms the reality of divine judgment, and offers motivational grounds for evangelism and holy living. Ultimately, this work is about the Christian struggle to envision the life of the world to come in a way that is faithful to the God in whom love and holiness are forever united.


American Secularism by Joseph O. Baker,Buster G. Smith

American Secularism
  • Title : American Secularism
  • Author : Joseph O. Baker,Buster G. Smith
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • ISBN Code : 1479867411
  • Pages : 304
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  • Language : English
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A rapidly growing number of Americans are embracing life outside the bounds of organized religion. Although America has long been viewed as a fervently religious Christian nation, survey data shows that more and more Americans are identifying as “not religious.” There are more non-religious Americans than ever before, yet social scientists have not adequately studied or typologized secularities, and the lived reality of secular individuals in America has not been astutely analyzed. American Secularism documents how changes to American society have fueled these shifts in the non-religious landscape and examines the diverse and dynamic world of secular Americans. This volume offers a theoretical framework for understanding secularisms. It explores secular Americans’ thought and practice to understand secularisms as worldviews in their own right, not just as negations of religion. Drawing on empirical data, the authors examine how people live secular lives and make meaning outside of organized religion. Joseph O. Baker and Buster G. Smith link secularities to broader issues of social power and organization, providing an empirical and cultural perspective on the secular landscape. In so doing, they demonstrate that shifts in American secularism are reflective of changes in the political meanings of “religion” in American culture. American Secularism addresses the contemporary lived reality of secular individuals, outlining forms of secular identity and showing their connection to patterns of family formation, sexuality, and politics, providing scholars of religion with a more comprehensive understanding of worldviews that do not include traditional religion. Data Analyses Appendix Instructor's Guide


Nietzsche's Philosophy of Religion by Julian Young

Nietzsche's Philosophy of Religion
  • Title : Nietzsche's Philosophy of Religion
  • Author : Julian Young
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN Code : 1107320879
  • Pages : N.A
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In his first book, The Birth of Tragedy, Nietzsche observes that Greek tragedy gathered people together as a community in the sight of their gods, and argues that modernity can be rescued from 'nihilism' only through the revival of such a festival. This is commonly thought to be a view which did not survive the termination of Nietzsche's early Wagnerianism, but Julian Young argues, on the basis of an examination of all of Nietzsche's published works, that his religious communitarianism in fact persists through all his writings. What follows, it is argued, is that the mature Nietzsche is neither an 'atheist', an 'individualist', nor an 'immoralist': he is a German philosopher belonging to a German tradition of conservative communitarianism - though to claim him as a proto-Nazi is radically mistaken. This important reassessment will be of interest to all Nietzsche scholars and to a wide range of readers in German philosophy.


The God Delusion. 10th Anniversary Edition by Richard Dawkins

The God Delusion. 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Title : The God Delusion. 10th Anniversary Edition
  • Author : Richard Dawkins
  • Publisher : Random House
  • ISBN Code : 1784161934
  • Pages : 496
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  • Language : English
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The God Delusion caused a sensation when it was published in 2006. Within weeks it became the most hotly debated topic, with Dawkins himself branded as either saint or sinner for presenting his hard-hitting, impassioned rebuttal of religion of all types. His argument could hardly be more topical. While Europe is becoming increasingly secularized, the rise of religious fundamentalism, whether in the Middle East or Middle America, is dramatically and dangerously dividing opinion around the world. In America, and elsewhere, a vigorous dispute between 'intelligent design' and Darwinism is seriously undermining and restricting the teaching of science. In many countries religious dogma from medieval times still serves to abuse basic human rights such as women's and gay rights. And all from a belief in a God whose existence lacks evidence of any kind. Dawkins attacks God in all his forms. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry and abuses children. The God Delusion is a brilliantly argued, fascinating polemic that will be required reading for anyone interested in this most emotional and important subject.


General History of the Christian Religion and Church by August Neander

General History of the Christian Religion and Church
  • Title : General History of the Christian Religion and Church
  • Author : August Neander
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 626
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  • Language : English
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From Jesus to Christ by Paula Fredriksen

From Jesus to Christ
  • Title : From Jesus to Christ
  • Author : Paula Fredriksen
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0300164106
  • Pages : 288
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  • Language : English
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"Magisterial. . . . A learned, brilliant and enjoyable study."—Géza Vermès, Times Literary Supplement In this exciting book, Paula Fredriksen explains the variety of New Testament images of Jesus by exploring the ways that the new Christian communities interpreted his mission and message in light of the delay of the Kingdom he had preached. This edition includes an introduction reviews the most recent scholarship on Jesus and its implications for both history and theology. "Brilliant and lucidly written, full of original and fascinating insights."—Reginald H. Fuller, Journal of the American Academy of Religion "This is a first-rate work of a first-rate historian."—James D. Tabor, Journal of Religion "Fredriksen confronts her documents—principally the writings of the New Testament—as an archaeologist would an especially rich complex site. With great care she distinguishes the literary images from historical fact. As she does so, she explains the images of Jesus in terms of the strategies and purposes of the writers Paul, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John."—Thomas D’Evelyn, Christian Science Monitor


What It Means to Be Moral by Phil Zuckerman

What It Means to Be Moral
  • Title : What It Means to Be Moral
  • Author : Phil Zuckerman
  • Publisher : Counterpoint LLC
  • ISBN Code : 9781640094246
  • Pages : 400
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  • Language : English
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"A thoughtful perspective on humans' capacity for moral behavior." --Kirkus Reviews "A comprehensive introduction to religious skepticism." --Publishers Weekly In What It Means to Be Moral: Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life, Phil Zuckerman argues that morality does not come from God. Rather, it comes from us: our brains, our evolutionary past, our ongoing cultural development, our social experiences, and our ability to reason, reflect, and be sensitive to the suffering of others. By deconstructing religious arguments for God-based morality and guiding readers through the premises and promises of secular morality, Zuckerman argues that the major challenges facing the world today--from global warming and growing inequality to religious support for unethical political policies to gun violence and terrorism--are best approached from a nonreligious ethical framework. In short, we need to look to our fellow humans and within ourselves for moral progress and ethical action. "In this brilliant, provocative, and timely book, Phil Zuckerman breaks down the myth that our morality comes from religion--compellingly making the case that when it comes to the biggest challenges we face today, a secular approach is the only truly moral one." --Ali A. Rizvi, author of The Atheist Muslim


Atheism and Secularity [2 volumes] by Phil Zuckerman

Atheism and Secularity [2 volumes]
  • Title : Atheism and Secularity [2 volumes]
  • Author : Phil Zuckerman
  • Publisher : ABC-CLIO
  • ISBN Code : 0313351821
  • Pages : 514
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  • Language : English
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This important two-volume contribution to the field of secular studies offers the first comprehensive examination of atheists and non-religious people around the world. • Includes essays by 19 top sociologists and psychologists who study atheism and secularity • Offers extensive bibliographies for each chapter


The Analysis and Control of Human Experiences by Paul Maslow

The Analysis and Control of Human Experiences
  • Title : The Analysis and Control of Human Experiences
  • Author : Paul Maslow
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : N.A
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The Oxford Handbook of Montaigne by Philippe Desan

The Oxford Handbook of Montaigne
  • Title : The Oxford Handbook of Montaigne
  • Author : Philippe Desan
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 019021533X
  • Pages : N.A
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"The creator of the 'essay,' Michel de Montaigne serves as a bridge between what we call the early modern and modernity. The Essays resemble a patchwork of personal reflections that tend toward a single goal: to live better in the present and to prepare for death. Montaigne constantly redefines the nature of his task in order to fashion himself anew and, in the end, offers an impressionistic model of descriptions based on momentary experiences. Over the centuries, the reception of Montaigne has been anything but simple. The institutionalization of an author depends on what one might call his or her 'ideological and historical trajectory.' An effect of 'globalization' has even reached Montaigne in recent years, bringing him sudden, worldwide visibility. His thought has become internationalized, and he is read, studied, and commented in most European countries as well as in North America, Latin America, and Asia"


Fighters for the Faith? No, Hired Killers! by Mikhail Koloskov

Fighters for the Faith? No, Hired Killers!
  • Title : Fighters for the Faith? No, Hired Killers!
  • Author : Mikhail Koloskov
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 99
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  • Language : English
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The Jefferson Bible by Thomas Jefferson,Wyatt North

The Jefferson Bible
  • Title : The Jefferson Bible
  • Author : Thomas Jefferson,Wyatt North
  • Publisher : Wyatt North Publishing, LLC
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 160
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  • Language : English
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The Jefferson Bible, or The Life and Morals of Jesus of Nazareth as it is formally titled, was a book constructed by Thomas Jefferson in the latter years of his life by cutting and pasting numerous sections from various Bibles as extractions of the doctrine of Jesus. Jefferson's composition excluded sections of the New Testament containing supernatural aspects as well as perceived misinterpretations he believed had been added by the Four Evangelists. In 1895, the Smithsonian Institution under the leadership of librarian Cyrus Adler purchased the original Jefferson Bible from Jefferson's great-granddaughter Carolina Randolph for $400. A conservation effort commencing in 2009, in partnership with the museum's Political History department, allowed for a public unveiling in an exhibit open from November 11, 2011, through May 28, 2012, at the National Museum of American History.


Why I am an Atheist by Bhagat Singh

Why I am an Atheist
  • Title : Why I am an Atheist
  • Author : Bhagat Singh
  • Publisher : Sristhi Publishers & Distributors
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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A discussion with a friend soon turned into a matter of self-assessment, leading to this discourse on why Bhagat Singh chose to be an atheist. Even in the face of death at a very young age, with uncanny observations and sharp questions, he forces us to re-think our foundations to faith in god.


Just Faith by Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons

Just Faith
  • Title : Just Faith
  • Author : Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons
  • Publisher : Broadleaf Books
  • ISBN Code : 1506462537
  • Pages : 240
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  • Language : English
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According to new research from the Public Religion Research Institute, there are over 35 million consistently progressive Christians in the United States. Majorities of American Christians support reproductive justice and LGBTQ+ rights. Yet they're erased from our public narrative--only mentioned as outliers to the fundamentalist norm. In Just Faith, progressive Christian activist and writer Guthrie Graves-Fitzsimmons explains how a strong religious left has accompanied every major progressive advance in our society, and he resurrects the long but forgotten history of progressive Christianity in the United States that can and must link arms with progressive Muslims and Jews to make the moral case for pluralism, human dignity, and the common good. Graves-Fitzsimmons provides a blueprint for this type of resurrection based on his advocacy work at the intersection of religion and American politics. Graves-Fitzsimmons creates a rallying cry for a bold progressive Christianity that unapologetically fights for its values to impact the biggest political battles of our time--from immigration and economic fairness to LGBTQ+ rights and abortion rights--so that progressive Christians will stop lowering their voices when they identify as Christians. "What kind of Christian are you?" they'll be asked. And they'll even be understood when they reply with a smile, "The good kind."


Bad Faith by Paul Offit

Bad Faith
  • Title : Bad Faith
  • Author : Paul Offit
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code : 0465082963
  • Pages : 272
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  • Language : English
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When Jesus said, “Suffer the children,” faith healing is not what he had in mind


Ethnicity, Nationality and Religious Experience by Peter C. Phan

Ethnicity, Nationality and Religious Experience
  • Title : Ethnicity, Nationality and Religious Experience
  • Author : Peter C. Phan
  • Publisher : Publications of the College Th
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 326
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  • Language : English
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The contributors to this volume investigate the ways in which religious experience is shaped by the new ethnic, national, and global contexts. Contents: Ethnicity and Nationality as Contexts for Religious Experience; "Love the Stranger; Remember when you were Strangers in Egypt"; The Historical Relativity of Jesus' Experience of God; One Woman's Body: Repression and Expression in the Passio Perpetuae; Method in the Cur Deus Scandal: Shaking the Foundations?; Toward an Understanding of Prejudice: Contributions from Paul Ricoeur's Theory of Narrative; Ethnicity and Religious Experience in the Social Ethics of Gibson Winter; Philippine National Sovereignty and the U.S. Bases: An Ethical Analysis Rooted in Catholic Social Teaching; Parallels in Cultural and Individual Development; No Generic Spirituality: Ethnicity and the Spiritual Journey; Woman as Mediator of the Divine: Sor Juana's Celebration of Mary; Popular Religiosity and Sacramentality: Learning from Hispanics a Deeper Sense of Symbol, Ritual, and Sacrament; Ethnicity, Experience and Theology: An Asian Liberation Perspective; The Death of National Symbols: Roman Catholicism in Quebec; Being Church Today: Reflections on the Journey of the Church in Holland. Co-published with the College Theology Society.


In the Course of a Lifetime by Michele Dillon,Paul Wink

In the Course of a Lifetime
  • Title : In the Course of a Lifetime
  • Author : Michele Dillon,Paul Wink
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • ISBN Code : 0520940032
  • Pages : 295
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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In the Course of a Lifetime provides an unprecedented portrait of the dynamic role religion plays in the everyday experiences of Americans over the course of their lives. The book draws from a unique sixty-year-long study of close to two hundred mostly Protestant and Catholic men and women who were born in the 1920s and interviewed in adolescence, and again in the 1950s, 1970s, 1980s, and late 1990s. Woven throughout with rich, intimate life stories, the book presents and analyzes a wide range of data from this study on the participants' religious and spiritual journeys. A testament to the vibrancy of religion in the United States, In the Course of a Lifetime provides an illuminating and sometimes surprising perspective on how individual lives have intersected with cultural change throughout the decades of the twentieth century.


Science and Health by Mary Baker Eddy

Science and Health
  • Title : Science and Health
  • Author : Mary Baker Eddy
  • Publisher : Rex Bookstore, Inc.
  • ISBN Code : 9789712312236
  • Pages : 700
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The Case for God by Karen Armstrong

The Case for God
  • Title : The Case for God
  • Author : Karen Armstrong
  • Publisher : Random House
  • ISBN Code : 1409058336
  • Pages : 384
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  • Language : English
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There is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth. For the first time in history, a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God. Militant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of missionaries and find an eager audience. Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong shows that meaning of words such as 'belief', 'faith', and 'mystery' has been entirely altered, so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God - and, indeed, reason itself - in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing. Does God have a future? Karen Armstrong examines how we can build a faith that speaks to the needs of our troubled and dangerously polarised world.


The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries) by David Quammen

The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries)
  • Title : The Reluctant Mr. Darwin: An Intimate Portrait of Charles Darwin and the Making of His Theory of Evolution (Great Discoveries)
  • Author : David Quammen
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • ISBN Code : 0393076342
  • Pages : 304
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  • Language : English
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"Quammen brilliantly and powerfully re-creates the 19th century naturalist's intellectual and spiritual journey."--Los Angeles Times Book Review Twenty-one years passed between Charles Darwin's epiphany that "natural selection" formed the basis of evolution and the scientist's publication of On the Origin of Species. Why did Darwin delay, and what happened during the course of those two decades? The human drama and scientific basis of these years constitute a fascinating, tangled tale that elucidates the character of a cautious naturalist who initiated an intellectual revolution.


The Nonreligious by Phil Zuckerman,Luke W. Galen,Frank L. Pasquale

The Nonreligious
  • Title : The Nonreligious
  • Author : Phil Zuckerman,Luke W. Galen,Frank L. Pasquale
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • ISBN Code : 0199924945
  • Pages : 336
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  • Language : English
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The number of nonreligious people has increased dramatically over the past several decades, yet scholarship on the nonreligious is severely lacking. In response to this critical gap in knowledge, The Nonreligious provides a comprehensive summation and analysis of existing social scientific research on secular people and societies. The authors present a thorough overview of existing knowledge while also drawing upon ongoing research and suggesting ways to improve our understanding of this growing population. Offering a research- and data-based examination of the nonreligious, this book will be an invaluable source of information and a foundation for further scholarship. Written in clear, accessible language that will appeal to students and the increasingly interested general reader, The Nonreligious provides an unbiased and thorough account of relevant existing scholarship within the social sciences that bears on lived experiences of the nonreligious.


General History of the Christian Religion and Church, from the German of Augustus Neander by August Neander

General History of the Christian Religion and Church, from the German of Augustus Neander
  • Title : General History of the Christian Religion and Church, from the German of Augustus Neander
  • Author : August Neander
  • Publisher :
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  • Pages : N.A
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  • Language : English
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Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought by Brian Gregor,Jens Zimmermann

Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought
  • Title : Bonhoeffer and Continental Thought
  • Author : Brian Gregor,Jens Zimmermann
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 252
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  • Language : English
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Summary:

Places Bonhoeffer in conversation with contemporary Continental philosophy


Religious Pluralism and Unbelief by Ian Hamnett

Religious Pluralism and Unbelief
  • Title : Religious Pluralism and Unbelief
  • Author : Ian Hamnett
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 279
  • Format : Pdf - ePub
  • Language : English
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The contributors examine religious pluralism from many angles, including those of sociology, anthropology, law, history and philosophy, as well as religious studies and theology. Its implications for political co-existence are also traced.


Rituals of Islamic Spirituality by Arif Zamhari

Rituals of Islamic Spirituality
  • Title : Rituals of Islamic Spirituality
  • Author : Arif Zamhari
  • Publisher : ANU E Press
  • ISBN Code : 1921666250
  • Pages : 251
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  • Language : English
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This study examines the emergence of new forms of Islamic spirituality in Indonesia identified as Majlis Dhikr. These Majlis Dhikr groups have proliferated on Java in the last two decades, both in urban and rural areas, and have attracted followers from a wide social background. The diverse aspects of these Majlis Dhikr groups - their rituals, teachings and strategies of dissemination as well as the popular understanding of these rituals and their contestation by critics and opponents - are examined in detail and illustrated by reference to three particular groups - Salawat Wahidiyat, Istighathat Ihsaniyyat and Dhikr al-Ghafilin each of which has its own distinctive features and notable religious leadership. These Majlis Dhikr groups regard their activities as legitimate ritual practices that are in accordance with the legacy of Islamic Sufism based on the interpretation of the Qur'anic and Prophetic tradition.


From Politics to the Pews by Michele F. Margolis

From Politics to the Pews
  • Title : From Politics to the Pews
  • Author : Michele F. Margolis
  • Publisher : University of Chicago Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780226555645
  • Pages : 306
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  • Language : English
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One of the most substantial divides in American politics is the “God gap.” Religious voters tend to identify with and support the Republican Party, while secular voters generally support the Democratic Party. Conventional wisdom suggests that religious differences between Republicans and Democrats have produced this gap, with voters sorting themselves into the party that best represents their religious views. Michele F. Margolis offers a bold challenge to the conventional wisdom, arguing that the relationship between religion and politics is far from a one-way street that starts in the church and ends at the ballot box. Margolis contends that political identity has a profound effect on social identity, including religion. Whether a person chooses to identify as religious and the extent of their involvement in a religious community are, in part, a response to political surroundings. In today’s climate of political polarization, partisan actors also help reinforce the relationship between religion and politics, as Democratic and Republican elites stake out divergent positions on moral issues and use religious faith to varying degrees when reaching out to voters.


A Discussion of the Question, Is the Roman Catholic Religion, in Any Or in All Its Principles Or Doctrines, Inimical to Civil Or Religious Liberty? by John Hughes,John Breckinridge

A Discussion of the Question, Is the Roman Catholic Religion, in Any Or in All Its Principles Or Doctrines, Inimical to Civil Or Religious Liberty?
  • Title : A Discussion of the Question, Is the Roman Catholic Religion, in Any Or in All Its Principles Or Doctrines, Inimical to Civil Or Religious Liberty?
  • Author : John Hughes,John Breckinridge
  • Publisher :
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 546
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  • Language : English
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On Kierkegaard by Susan Leigh Anderson

On Kierkegaard
  • Title : On Kierkegaard
  • Author : Susan Leigh Anderson
  • Publisher : Wadsworth Publishing Company
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 83
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  • Language : English
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This brief text assists students in understanding Kierkegaard's philosophy and thinking so that they can more fully engage in useful, intelligent class dialogue and improve their understanding of course content. Part of the "Wadsworth Philosophers Series," (which will eventually consist of approximately 100 titles, each focusing on a single "thinker" from ancient times to the present), ON KIERKEGAARD is written by a philosopher deeply versed in the philosophy of this key thinker. Like other books in the series, this concise book offers sufficient insight into the thinking of a notable philosopher better enabling students to engage in the reading and to discuss the material in class and on paper.