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

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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).

Society without God

Society without God
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 248
Release: 2008-10-01
ISBN 10: 081479727X
ISBN 13: 9780814797273
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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“Silver” Winner of the 2008 Foreword Magazine Book of the Year Award, Religion Category Before he began his recent travels, it seemed to Phil Zuckerman as if humans all over the globe were “getting religion”—praising deities, performing holy rites, and soberly defending the world from sin. But most residents of Denmark and Sweden, he found, don’t worship any god at all, don’t pray, and don’t give much credence to religious dogma of any kind. Instead of being bastions of sin and corruption, however, as the Christian Right has suggested a godless society would be, these countries are filled with residents who score at the very top of the “happiness index” and enjoy their healthy societies, which boast some of the lowest rates of violent crime in the world (along with some of the lowest levels of corruption), excellent educational systems, strong economies, well-supported arts, free health care, egalitarian social policies, outstanding bike paths, and great beer. Zuckerman formally interviewed nearly 150 Danes and Swedes of all ages and educational backgrounds over the course of fourteen months. He was particularly interested in the worldviews of people who live their lives without religious orientation. How do they think about and cope with death? Are they worried about an afterlife? What he found is that nearly all of his interviewees live their lives without much fear of the Grim Reaper or worries about the hereafter. This led him to wonder how and why it is that certain societies are non-religious in a world that seems to be marked by increasing religiosity. Drawing on prominent sociological theories and his own extensive research, Zuckerman ventures some interesting answers. This fascinating approach directly counters the claims of outspoken, conservative American Christians who argue that a society without God would be hell on earth. It is crucial, Zuckerman believes, for Americans to know that “society without God is not only possible, but it can be quite civil and pleasant.”

Society without God Second Edition

Society without God  Second Edition
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2020-07-21
ISBN 10: 1479844799
ISBN 13: 9781479844791
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.

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

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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

Living Without God

Living Without God
Author: Ronald Aronson
Publsiher: ReadHowYouWant.com
Total Pages: 362
Release: 2010-09
ISBN 10: 1458758648
ISBN 13: 9781458758644
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Ronald Aronson demonstrates that atheism represents much more than what one does not believe: that it is the precondition for a generous humanism. The two closing chapters are models of stoicism at its best.'' - Christopher Hitchens, author of God Is Not Great.

Good Without God

Good Without God
Author: Greg Epstein
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2009-10-27
ISBN 10: 0061959499
ISBN 13: 9780061959493
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Good Without God Book Review:

A provocative and positive response to Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and other New Atheists, Good Without God makes a bold claim for what nonbelievers do share and believe. Author Greg Epstein, the Humanist chaplain at Harvard, offers a world view for nonbelievers that dispenses with the hostility and intolerance of religion prevalent in national bestsellers like God is Not Great and The God Delusion. Epstein’s Good Without God provides a constructive, challenging response to these manifestos by getting to the heart of Humanism and its positive belief in tolerance, community, morality, and good without having to rely on the guidance of a higher being.

Morality Without God

Morality Without God
Author: Walter Sinnott-Armstrong
Publsiher: OUP USA
Total Pages: 172
Release: 2009-07-02
ISBN 10: 0195337638
ISBN 13: 9780195337631
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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A common refrain against atheism and secular humanism is that without belief in God, "everything is permitted." Walter Sinnott-Armstrong dismantles this argument and argues instead that God is not only not essential to morality, but that our moral behavior should be seen as utterly independent of religion. This short, accessible book is on a major aspect of the arguments against atheism and will interest those intrigued by the "new atheism" (Harris, Dawkins, etc).

Can We Be Good Without God

Can We Be Good Without God
Author: Robert Buckman
Publsiher: Prometheus Books
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2021
ISBN 10: 1615922776
ISBN 13: 9781615922772
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Reading this small, well-written book can enlighten us in our attempt to think critically and act rationally ... could help protect the world from the kinds of horrors we have seen in the twentieth century.-Free InquiryRecent neurological studies have shown that there are regions of the brain that seem predisposed to create beliefs. Are we hardwired to believe? And if so, why do beliefs sometimes inspire major contributions to society, while on other occasions they precipitate horrendous acts of destruction?In this provocative and stimulating study of the connection between belief and behavior, Dr. Robert Buckman begins by reviewing the history of religious belief, showing the many shared themes among religions of diverse cultures. He then explains little-publicized data from neuroscience on the limbic system and the right-hand temporal lobe of the brain, which when stimulated consistently produces deep-seated spiritual feelings. Recent experiments reveal that this portion of the brain may underlie the development of many common religious beliefs, and perhaps the more aggressive and destructive behaviors associated with some of them. Buckman also summarizes evidence regarding pheromones and their effect on the limbic system, as a possible mechanism for certain types of crowd behavior, whether in a religious or secular context.Finally, considering the long historical relationship between religion and ethics, Buckman asks whether we can develop better, nontheistic belief systems that avoid the destructive aspects of traditional religious beliefs. He then describes ways in which we can become aware of, and perhaps, correct our ôlimbic urgesö when they threaten to lead to destructive behavior. This ambitious work, covering important areas of social anthropology, comparative religion, neurology, and psychology, provides many insights into the mechanisms of belief.Robert Buckman, M.D. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a cancer specialist, professor in the department of medicine at the University of Toronto, the current president of the Humanist Association of Canada, and the author (with Karl Sabbagh) of Magic or Medicine?

Can Man Live Without God

Can Man Live Without God
Author: Ravi Zacharias
Publsiher: Thomas Nelson
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2004-08-30
ISBN 10: 1418514713
ISBN 13: 9781418514716
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Can Man Live Without God Book Review:

In this brilliant and compelling defense of the Christian faith, Ravi Zacharias shows how affirming the reality of God's existence matters urgently in our everyday lives. According to Zacharias, how you answer the questions of God's existence will impact your relationship with others, your commitment to integrity, your attitude toward morality, and your perception of truth.

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism
Author: Stephen Bullivant,Michael Ruse
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 763
Release: 2013-11
ISBN 10: 0199644659
ISBN 13: 9780199644650
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism Book Review:

This handbook is a pioneering edited volume, exploring atheism - understood in the broad sense of 'an absence of belief in the existence of a God or gods' - in its historical and contemporary expressions. It probes the varied manifestations and implications of unbelief from an array of disciplinary perspectives and in a range of global contexts.

Religion without God

Religion without God
Author: Ronald Dworkin
Publsiher: Harvard University Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2013-10-01
ISBN 10: 0674728041
ISBN 13: 9780674728042
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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In his last book, Ronald Dworkin addresses timeless questions: What is religion and what is God's place in it? What are death and immortality? He joins a sense of cosmic mystery and beauty to the claim that value is objective, independent of mind, and immanent in the world. Belief in God is one manifestation of this view, but not the only one.

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism
Author: Phil Zuckerman,John R. Shook
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 760
Release: 2017-01-25
ISBN 10: 0199988455
ISBN 13: 9780199988457
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism Book Review:

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.

Grace Without God

Grace Without God
Author: Katherine Ozment
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2016-06-21
ISBN 10: 0062305158
ISBN 13: 9780062305152
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Grace Without God Book Review:

Meet “the Nones”—In this thought-provoking exploration of secular America, celebrated journalist Katherine Ozment takes readers on a quest to understand the trends and ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion. Studies show that religion makes us happier, healthier and more giving, connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. Most Americans are raised in a religious tradition, but in recent decades many have begun to leave religion, and with it their ancient rituals, mythic narratives, and sense of belonging. So how do the nonreligious fill the need for ritual, story, community, and, above all, purpose and meaning without the one-stop shop of religion? What do they do with the space left after religion? With Nones swelling to one-fourth of American adults, and more than one-third of those under thirty, these questions have never been more urgent. Writer, journalist, and secular mother of three Katherine Ozment came face-to-face with the fundamental issue of the Nones when her son asked her the simplest of questions: “what are we?” Unsettled by her reply—“Nothing”—she set out on a journey to find a better answer. She traversed the frontier of American secular life, sought guidance in science and the humanities, talked with noted scholars, and wrestled with her own family’s attempts to find meaning and connection after religion. Insightful, surprising, and compelling, Grace Without God is both a personal and critical exploration of the many ways nonreligious Americans create their own meaning and purpose in an increasingly secular age.

With Or Without God

With Or Without God
Author: Gretta Vosper
Publsiher: HarperCollins Canada
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2010-06-01
ISBN 10: 1554689309
ISBN 13: 9781554689309
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Envisioning a future in which the Christian church plays a viable and transformative role in shaping society, Gretta Vosper argues that if the church is to survive at all, the heart of faith must undergo a radical change. Vosper, founder of the Canadian Centre for Progressive Christianity and a minister in Toronto, believes that what will save the church is an emphasis on just and compassionate living -- a new and wholly humanistic approach to religion. Without this reform, the church as we know it faces extinction. Vosper addresses the issues of spiritual fulfillment, comfort and connection in the modern world through a thoughtful and passionate discourse. She urges a renewal of old doctrines but does so with dignity and respect. Offering difficult but penetrating insights into a new generation of spiritually aware -- and spiritually open -- people, With or Without God offers a startling model for a renewed church as a leader in ethics, fostering relationships, meaning and values that are solidly rooted in our own selves.

Sense and Goodness Without God

Sense and Goodness Without God
Author: Richard Carrier
Publsiher: AuthorHouse
Total Pages: 444
Release: 2005-02-23
ISBN 10: 9781452059266
ISBN 13: 1452059268
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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If God does not exist, then what does? Is there good and evil, and should we care? How do we know what’s true anyway? And can we make any sense of this universe, or our own lives? Sense and Goodness answers all these questions in lavish detail, without complex jargon. A complete worldview is presented and defended, covering every subject from knowledge to art, from metaphysics to morality, from theology to politics. Topics include free will, the nature of the universe, the meaning of life, and much more, arguing from scientific evidence that there is only a physical, natural world without gods or spirits, but that we can still live a life of love, meaning, and joy.

Anarchy Evolution

Anarchy Evolution
Author: Greg Graffin,Steve Olson
Publsiher: Harper Collins
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2010-09-28
ISBN 10: 006200977X
ISBN 13: 9780062009777
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Anarchy Evolution Book Review:

“Take one man who rejects authority and religion, and leads a punk band. Take another man who wonders whether vertebrates arose in rivers or in the ocean….Put them together, what do you get? Greg Graffin, and this uniquely fascinating book.” —Jared Diamond, author of Guns, Germs, and Steel Anarchy Evolution is a provocative look at the collision between religion and science, by an author with unique authority: UCLA lecturer in Paleontology, and founding member of Bad Religion, Greg Graffin. Alongside science writer Steve Olson (whose Mapping Human History was a National Book Award finalist) Graffin delivers a powerful discussion sure to strike a chord with readers of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion or Christopher Hitchens God Is Not Great. Bad Religion die-hards, newer fans won over during the band’s 30th Anniversary Tour, and anyone interested in this increasingly important debate should check out this treatise on science from the god of punk rock.

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.

The Faith Instinct

The Faith Instinct
Author: Nicholas Wade
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2009-11-12
ISBN 10: 1101155671
ISBN 13: 9781101155677
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Faith Instinct Book Review:

Noted science writer Nicholas Wade offers for the first time a convincing case based on a broad range of scientific evidence for the evolutionary basis of religion.

Big Gods

Big Gods
Author: Ara Norenzayan
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 264
Release: 2015-08-25
ISBN 10: 0691169748
ISBN 13: 9780691169743
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Big Gods Book Review:

Examines how the belief in gods has lead to cooperation and sometimes conflict between groups. The author also looks at how some cooperative societies have developed without belief in gods.

Unimaginable

Unimaginable
Author: Jeremiah J. Johnston
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2017-12-05
ISBN 10: 1493413805
ISBN 13: 9781493413805
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Unimaginable Book Review:

A Stirring Account of Christianity's Power for Good In a day when Christians are often attacked for their beliefs, professor and speaker Jeremiah Johnston offers an inspiring look at the positive influence of Christianity, both historically and today. In Unimaginable, you'll discover the far-reaching ways that Christianity is good for the world--and has been since the first century AD--including: · How the plights of women and children in society were forever changed by Jesus · Why democracy and our education and legal systems owe much to Christianity · How early believers demonstrated the inherent value of human life by caring for the sick, handicapped, and dying · How Christians today are extending God's kingdom through charities, social justice efforts, and other profound ways Like It's a Wonderful Life, the classic film that showed George Bailey how different Bedford Falls would be without his presence, Unimaginable guides readers through the halls of history to see how Jesus' teachings dramatically changed the world and continue to be the most powerful force for good today. This provocative and enlightening book is sure to encourage believers and challenge doubters.