Living the Secular Life

Living the Secular Life
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: Penguin Books
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2015-10-27
ISBN 10: 0143127934
ISBN 13: 9780143127932
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living the Secular Life Book Review:

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

Healing Secular Life

Healing Secular Life
Author: Christopher Dole
Publsiher: University of Pennsylvania Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2012-08-16
ISBN 10: 0812206355
ISBN 13: 9780812206357
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Healing Secular Life Book Review:

In contemporary Turkey—a democratic, secular, and predominantly Muslim nation—the religious healer is a controversial figure. Attracting widespread condemnation, religious healers are derided as exploiters of the sick and vulnerable, discredited forms of Islamic and medical authority, and superstitious relics of a pre-modern era. Yet all sorts of people, and not just the desperately ill, continue to seek them out. After years of research with healers and their patients in working-class neighborhoods of urban Turkey, anthropologist Christopher Dole concludes that the religious healer should be regarded not as an exception to Turkey's secular modern development but as one of its defining figures. Healing Secular Life demonstrates that religious healing and secularism in fact have a set of common stakes in the ordering of lives and the remaking of worlds. Linking the history of medical reforms and scientific literacy campaigns to contemporary efforts of Qur'anic healers to treat people afflicted by spirits and living saints through whom deceased political leaders speak, Healing Secular Life approaches stories of healing and being healed as settings for examining the everyday social intimacies of secular political rule. This ethnography of loss, care, and politics reveals not only that the authority of the religious healer is deeply embedded within the history of secular modern reform in Turkey but also that personal narratives of suffering and affliction are inseparable from the story of a nation seeking to recover from the violence of its own secular past.

Life of the Beloved

Life of the Beloved
Author: Henri J. M. Nouwen
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2016-08-25
ISBN 10: 1473636752
ISBN 13: 9781473636750
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life of the Beloved Book Review:

The real 'work' of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me. Life of the Beloved asks how one can live a spiritual life in a Western secular culture. The greatest challenge, concludes Nouwen, is to bridge the gap between secular and sacred within the self as a human being loved by God.

Society Without God

Society Without God
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 227
Release: 2010-06-07
ISBN 10: 0814797237
ISBN 13: 9780814797235
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Society Without God Book Review:

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).

Life After Faith

Life After Faith
Author: Philip Kitcher
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 175
Release: 2014-01-01
ISBN 10: 0300203438
ISBN 13: 9780300203431
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Life After Faith Book Review:

Offers a positive argument for secularism as a way of providing for human needs and giving meaning to people's lives, thus filling the role of relgion, and offers a vision for successors to religion.

This Life

This Life
Author: Martin Hägglund
Publsiher: Anchor
Total Pages: 464
Release: 2020-02-04
ISBN 10: 1101873736
ISBN 13: 9781101873731
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

This Life Book Review:

Hägglund argues that a faith not in God or eternal life, but in the finite, temporal life we lead here on earth is one that gives that life far greater depth of meaning. In contrast to the traditional religious faith in eternity, he proposes a secular faith in the value of living in time. His book provides not only a critique of religious ideals, but also a positive, alternative understanding of the beliefs and values that can motivate us to live lives of meaning in the here and now. -- adapted from jacket

My Year of Living Spiritually

My Year of Living Spiritually
Author: Anne Bokma
Publsiher: Douglas & McIntyre
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2019-10-26
ISBN 10: 1771622342
ISBN 13: 9781771622349
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

My Year of Living Spiritually Book Review:

In 2017, Anne Bokma embarked on a quest to become a more spiritual person. After leaving the fundamentalist religion of her youth, she became one of the eighty million North Americans who consider themselves spiritual-but-not-religious, the fastest growing “faith” category. In mid-life she found herself addicted to busyness, drinking too much, hooked on social media, dreading the empty nest and still struggling with alienation from her ultra-religious family. In response, she set out on a year-long whirlwind adventure to immerse herself in a variety of sacred practices—each of which proved to be illuminating in unexpected ways—to try to develop her own definition of what it means to be spiritual. In My Year of Living Spiritually, Bokma documents a diverse range of soulful first-person experiences—from taking a dip in Thoreau’s Walden Pond, to trying magic mushrooms for the first time, booking herself into a remote treehouse as an experiment in solitude, singing in a deathbed choir and enrolling in a week-long witch camp—in an entertaining and enlightening way that will compel readers (non-believers and believers alike) to try a few spiritual practices of their own. Along the way, she reconsiders key relationships in her life and begins to experience the greater depth of meaning, connection, gratitude, simplicity and inner peace that we all long for. Readers will find it an inspiring roadmap for their own spiritual journeys.

Du Bois on Religion

Du Bois on Religion
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: AltaMira Press
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2000-09-06
ISBN 10: 0759117152
ISBN 13: 9780759117150
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Du Bois on Religion Book Review:

W.E.B. Du Bois shaped 20th century America to an extent rivaled by few others. The first black to receive a Ph. D. from Harvard, he helped create the discipline of sociology and was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Martin Luther King, Jr. called Du Bois 'a gifted discoverer of social truths.' But until now little academic attention has been paid to his insights on religion or to how religious commitments shaped his views of race, rights and justice. Phil Zuckerman here gathers together Du Bois's writings on religion, and makes a compelling case for Du Bois to be recognized among the leading sociologists of religion. Du Bois on Religion includes selections from his well-known works such as The Souls of Black Folks to poems, prayers, stories and speeches less widely available. Brief, helpful introductions preface each of the twenty-six selections. Also, a general introduction traces Du Bois's move from church-attending Christian to relentless critic of religion and evaluates Du Bois's contributions to the study of religion. Du Bois on Religion is an important text for sociologists or for anyone interested in the history of race and religion in the United States.

Philosophers without Gods

Philosophers without Gods
Author: Louise M. Antony
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2007-08-08
ISBN 10: 9780198038597
ISBN 13: 0198038593
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Philosophers without Gods Book Review:

Atheists are frequently demonized as arrogant intellectuals, antagonistic to religion, devoid of moral sentiments, advocates of an "anything goes" lifestyle. Now, in this revealing volume, nineteen leading philosophers open a window on the inner life of atheism, shattering these common stereotypes as they reveal how they came to turn away from religious belief. These highly engaging personal essays capture the marvelous diversity to be found among atheists, providing a portrait that will surprise most readers. Many of the authors, for example, express great affection for particular religious traditions, even as they explain why they cannot, in good conscience, embrace them. None of the contributors dismiss religious belief as stupid or primitive, and several even express regret that they cannot, or can no longer, believe. Perhaps more important, in these reflective pieces, they offer fresh insight into some of the oldest and most difficult problems facing the human mind and spirit. For instance, if God is dead, is everything permitted? Philosophers without Gods demonstrates convincingly, with arguments that date back to Plato, that morality is independent of the existence of God. Indeed, every writer in this volume adamantly affirms the objectivity of right and wrong. Moreover, they contend that secular life can provide rewards as great and as rich as religious life. A naturalistic understanding of the human condition presents a set of challenges--to pursue our goals without illusions, to act morally without hope of reward--challenges that can impart a lasting value to finite and fragile human lives. 'This Atheists R Us compilation differs markedly in tone from Hitchens and Dawkins. Excellent fare for Christian small groups whose members are genuinely interested in the arguments raised by atheists.'-- Christianity Today 'Rather than the foolishness of Dawkins or Hitchens, these [essays] are compelling and sophisticated arguments that religious people ought to confront....'-- Tikkun 'Taken as a group, these readable, personal, and provocative essays make it clear that there are many kinds of non-believers, and even many different elements that make up a single skeptical outlook. Contrary to the popular image, atheism isn't all rebellious trumpets and defiant drums. That part of the orchestra is essential, but here we have all the varieties of unreligious experience, a full symphony of unbelief.' -- Free Inquiry 'This collection strikes me as an excellent example of how comprehensible philosophical writing can be at its best. By and large, the essays are written in a clear and direct style, free of philosophical jargon. Many who read it will find themselves also engaged at a level that is not merely academic.'--George I. Mavrodes, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

What It Means to Be Moral

What It Means to Be Moral
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: Counterpoint
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2020-09-15
ISBN 10: 9781640094246
ISBN 13: 1640094245
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What It Means to Be Moral Book Review:

“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

The Secular Mind

The Secular Mind
Author: Robert Coles
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2001-01-29
ISBN 10: 1400822815
ISBN 13: 9781400822812
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secular Mind Book Review:

Does the business of daily living distance us from life's mysteries? Do most Americans value spiritual thinking more as a hobby than as an all-encompassing approach to life? Will the concept of the soul be defunct after the next few generations? Child psychiatrist and best-selling author Robert Coles offers a profound meditation on how secular culture has settled into the hearts and minds of Americans. This book is a sweeping essay on the shift from religious control over Western society to the scientific dominance of the mind. Interwoven into the story is Coles's personal quest for understanding how the sense of the sacred has stood firm in the lives of individuals--both the famous and everyday people whom he has known--even as they have struggled with doubt. As a student, Coles questioned Paul Tillich on the meaning of the "secular mind," and his fascination with the perceived opposition between secular and sacred intensified over the years. This book recounts conversations Coles has had with such figures as Anna Freud, Karen Horney, William Carlos Williams, Walker Percy, and Dorothy Day. Their words dramatize the frustration and the joy of living in both the secular and sacred realms. Coles masterfully draws on a variety of literary sources that trace the relationship of the sacred and the secular: the stories of Abraham and Moses, the writings of St. Paul, Augustine, Kierkegaard, Darwin, and Freud, and the fiction of George Eliot, Hardy, Meredith, Flannery O'Connor, and Huxley. Ever since biblical times, Coles shows us, the relationship between these two realms has thrived on conflict and accommodation. Coles also notes that psychoanalysis was first viewed as a rival to religion in terms of getting a handle on inner truths. He provocatively demonstrates how psychoanalysis has either been incorporated into the thinking of many religious denominations or become a type of religion in itself. How will people in the next millennium deal with advances in chemistry and neurology? Will these sciences surpass psychoanalysis in controlling how we think and feel? This book is for anyone who has wondered about the fate of the soul and our ability to seek out the sacred in our constantly changing world.

Faith and Reason

Faith and Reason
Author: Donald A. Crosby
Publsiher: SUNY Press
Total Pages: 188
Release: 2012-01-02
ISBN 10: 1438436157
ISBN 13: 9781438436159
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faith and Reason Book Review:

Explores the mutually dependent relationship of faith and reason in human life and human knowledge.

Faith No More

Faith No More
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2015-06-01
ISBN 10: 019024884X
ISBN 13: 9780190248840
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Faith No More Book Review:

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.

How Not to Be Secular

How  Not  to Be Secular
Author: James K. A. Smith
Publsiher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
Total Pages: 148
Release: 2014-04-23
ISBN 10: 0802867618
ISBN 13: 9780802867612
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How Not to Be Secular Book Review:

How (Not) to Be Secular is what Jamie Smith calls "your hitchhiker's guide to the present" -- it is both a reading guide to Charles Taylor's monumental work A Secular Age and philosophical guidance on how we might learn to live in our times. Taylor's landmark book A Secular Age (2007) provides a monumental, incisive analysis of what it means to live in the post-Christian present -- a pluralist world of competing beliefs and growing unbelief. Jamie Smith's book is a compact field guide to Taylor's insightful study of the secular, making that very significant but daunting work accessible to a wide array of readers. Even more, though, Smith's How (Not) to Be Secular is a practical philosophical guidebook, a kind of how-to manual on how to live in our secular age. It ultimately offers us an adventure in self-understanding and maps out a way to get our bearings in today's secular culture, no matter who "we" are -- whether believers or skeptics, devout or doubting, self-assured or puzzled and confused. This is a book for any thinking person to chew on.

On Not Dying

On Not Dying
Author: Abou Farman
Publsiher: U of Minnesota Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2020-04-21
ISBN 10: 1452961905
ISBN 13: 9781452961903
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

On Not Dying Book Review:

An ethnographic exploration of technoscientific immortality Immortality has long been considered the domain of religion. But immortality projects have gained increasing legitimacy and power in the world of science and technology. With recent rapid advances in biology, nanotechnology, and artificial intelligence, secular immortalists hope for and work toward a future without death. On Not Dying is an anthropological, historical, and philosophical exploration of immortality as a secular and scientific category. Based on an ethnography of immortalist communities—those who believe humans can extend their personal existence indefinitely through technological means—and an examination of other institutions involved at the end of life, Abou Farman argues that secular immortalism is an important site to explore the tensions inherent in secularism: how to accept death but extend life; knowing the future is open but your future is finite; that life has meaning but the universe is meaningless. As secularism denies a soul, an afterlife, and a cosmic purpose, conflicts arise around the relationship of mind and body, individual finitude and the infinity of time and the cosmos, and the purpose of life. Immortalism today, Farman argues, is shaped by these historical and culturally situated tensions. Immortalist projects go beyond extending life, confronting dualism and cosmic alienation by imagining (and producing) informatic selves separate from the biological body but connected to a cosmic unfolding. On Not Dying interrogates the social implications of technoscientific immortalism and raises important political questions. Whose life will be extended? Will these technologies be available to all, or will they reproduce racial and geopolitical hierarchies? As human life on earth is threatened in the Anthropocene, why should life be extended, and what will that prolonged existence look like?

Society without God Second Edition

Society without God  Second Edition
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2020-07-21
ISBN 10: 1479891851
ISBN 13: 9781479891856
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Society without God Second Edition Book Review:

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.

Coram Deo

Coram Deo
Author: Harry Albert Van Belle
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 239
Release: 2019-07-09
ISBN 10: 9781077705685
ISBN 13: 1077705689
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Coram Deo Book Review:

The world is facing a number of major problems today: the effects of climate change, gun violence, the mass-migration of people from the third world, major conflicts between and within nations, the rise of racism worldwide fuelled by ideologies of populism, nationalism, fascism and anti-semitism, the opioid crisis and the disappearance of truth speaking, to mention only a few.There appears to be no consensus among world leaders on how to deal with any of these. The result is a paralysis of decision-making.. What is lacking is an overarching vision that binds us together. Each of us seems doomed to "doing what is good in our own eyes" (Judges 21: 25).Why is this happening? We live in a secular age. Most of us live our lives without an explicit awareness of God. Some time in our history we deliberately and systematically exorcised God from our collective consciousness Something essential is lost when we decide to live life without God. Human existence easily becomes a perpetual restless search to serve and worship something or someone other than God, without the chance of ever arriving anywhere.That is the way it is today, but it does not have to be that way. The Hebraic-Christian Scriptures tell us about coram deo, or a life lived in the presence of God. In this story God's presence in our lives is like a protective dome over us, like a rainbow that lights up the world after a thunderstorm. What this means for our present predicament is the focus of this book.

A SECULAR AGE

A SECULAR AGE
Author: Charles TAYLOR
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 888
Release: 2009-06-30
ISBN 10: 0674044282
ISBN 13: 9780674044289
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A SECULAR AGE Book Review:

The place of religion in society has changed profoundly in the last few centuries, particularly in the West. In what will be a defining book for our time, Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean, and what, precisely, happens when a society becomes one in which faith is only one human possibility among others.

Daniel

Daniel
Author: Douglas Connelly
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 65
Release: 2011-10-17
ISBN 10: 0830862439
ISBN 13: 9780830862436
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Daniel Book Review:

A permissive society, a power-hungry people, a nation without God. Daniel's situation in Babylon sounds quite a bit like our own. In the midst of such forces, how can we remain loyal to biblical values? How can we have a positive impact on those around us? In this twelve-session LifeGuide® Bible Study, Daniel gives us practical and personal help with these questions.

Spiritual Living in a Secular World

Spiritual Living in a Secular World
Author: Ajith Fernando
Publsiher: Monarch Books
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2002
ISBN 10: 9781854245786
ISBN 13: 1854245783
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Spiritual Living in a Secular World Book Review:

As Christian norms vanish, Christians find themselves squeezed into the world's mould. This text shows how to share a seecular society without losing integrity. It uses the experience of a young Israelite, Daniel, to show how the traps of isolation and accommodation can be avoided.