Village Atheists

Village Atheists
Author: Leigh Eric Schmidt
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 360
Release: 2018-12-18
ISBN 10: 0691183112
ISBN 13: 9780691183114
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Village Atheists Book Review:

A much-maligned minority throughout American history, atheists have been cast as a threat to the nation’s moral fabric, barred from holding public office, and branded as irreligious misfits in a nation chosen by God. Yet village atheists—as these godless freethinkers came to be known by the close of the nineteenth century—were also hailed for their gutsy dissent from stultifying pieties and for posing a necessary secularist challenge to the entanglements of church and state. In Village Atheists, Leigh Eric Schmidt explores the complex cultural terrain that unbelievers have long had to navigate in their fight to secure equal rights and liberties in American public life. He rebuilds the history of American secularism from the ground up, giving flesh and blood to these outspoken infidels. Village Atheists demonstrates that the secularist vision for the United States proved to be anything but triumphant in a country where faith and citizenship were—and still are—closely interwoven.

Confronting the New Village Atheists

Confronting the New Village Atheists
Author: Hank Hanegraaff
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 64
Release: 2009
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: OCLC:1049173018
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Tornado God

Tornado God
Author: Peter J. Thuesen
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2020
ISBN 10: 0190680288
ISBN 13: 9780190680282
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Tornado God Book Review:

One of the earliest sources of humanity's religious impulse was severe weather, which ancient peoples attributed to the wrath of storm gods. Enlightenment thinkers derided such beliefs as superstition and predicted they would pass away as humans became more scientifically and theologically sophisticated. But in America, scientific and theological hubris came face-to-face with the tornado, nature's most violent windstorm. Striking the United States more than any other nation, tornadoes have consistently defied scientists' efforts to unlock their secrets. Meteorologists now acknowledge that even the most powerful computers will likely never be able to predict a tornado's precise path. Similarly, tornadoes have repeatedly brought Americans to the outer limits of theology, drawing them into the vortex of such mysteries as how to reconcile suffering with a loving God and whether there is underlying purpose or randomness in the universe. In this groundbreaking history, Peter Thuesen captures the harrowing drama of tornadoes, as clergy, theologians, meteorologists, and ordinary citizens struggle to make sense of these death-dealing tempests. He argues that, in the tornado, Americans experience something that is at once culturally peculiar (the indigenous storm of the national imagination) and religiously primal (the sense of awe before an unpredictable and mysterious power). He also shows that, in an era of climate change, the weather raises the issue of society's complicity in natural disasters. In the whirlwind, Americans confront the question of their own destiny-how much is self-determined and how much is beyond human understanding or control.

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.

A Mind Over Matter

A Mind Over Matter
Author: Andrew Zangwill
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 416
Release: 2021-01-08
ISBN 10: 019886910X
ISBN 13: 9780198869108
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Mind Over Matter Book Review:

A Mind Over Matter is a biography of the Nobel-prize winner Philip W. Anderson, a person widely regarded as one of the most accomplished and influential physicists of the second half of the twentieth century. Anderson (1923-2020) was a theoretician who specialized in the physics of matter, including window glass and metals, magnets and semiconductors, liquid crystals and superconductors. More than any other single person, Anderson transformed the patchwork subject of solid-state physics into the deep, subtle, and coherent discipline known today as condensed matter physics. Among his many world-class research achievements, Anderson discovered an aspect of wave physics that had been missed by all previous scientists going back to Isaac Newton. He became a public figure when he testified before Congress to oppose its funding of an expensive project intended exclusively for particle physics research. Over the years, he published many articles designed to influence a broad audience about issues where science impacted public policy and culture. Anderson grew up in the American mid-west, was educated at Harvard, and rose to the pinnacle of his profession during the first decade of his thirty-five career as a theoretical physicist at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Almost uniquely, he spent many years working half-time as a professor at the University of Cambridge and at Princeton University. The outspoken Anderson enjoyed broad influence outside of physics when he helped develop and champion the concepts of emergence and complexity as organizing principles to help attack very difficult problems in technically challenging disciplines.

Letter to a Christian Nation

Letter to a Christian Nation
Author: Sam Harris
Publsiher: Alfred a Knopf Incorporated
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2006
ISBN 10: 0307265773
ISBN 13: 9780307265777
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Letter to a Christian Nation Book Review:

Argues that the increasing power of Christian fundamentalists in American politics threatens the country's citizens, blames the Bible for promoting intolerance of other faiths, and describes atheism as "an admission of the obvious."

RCDA

RCDA
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1962
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: STANFORD:36105008391984
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Oprah

Oprah
Author: Kathryn Lofton
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2011-03-02
ISBN 10: 0520259270
ISBN 13: 9780520259270
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Oprah Book Review:

Oprah Winfrey is a media messiah for a secular age. This book is an examination of the religious dimensions of Oprah Winfrey's empire, deploying the idiom of US religious history and metrics of religious studies to assess Winfrey's success on the national and international scene.

Religion for Atheists

Religion for Atheists
Author: Alain De Botton
Publsiher: Signal
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2012-03-06
ISBN 10: 0771025998
ISBN 13: 9780771025990
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion for Atheists Book Review:

From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer. Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent, in his mid-twenties, a crisis of faithlessness. His feelings of doubt about atheism had their origins in listening to Bach's cantatas, were further developed in the presence of certain Bellini Madonnas, and became overwhelming with an introduction to Zen architecture. However, it was not until his father's death -- buried under a Hebrew headstone in a Jewish cemetery because he had intriguingly omitted to make more secular arrangements -- that Alain began to face the full degree of his ambivalence regarding the views of religion that he had dutifully accepted. Why are we presented with the curious choice between either committing to peculiar concepts about immaterial deities or letting go entirely of a host of consoling, subtle and effective rituals and practices for which there is no equivalent in secular society? Why do we bristle at the mention of the word "morality"? Flee from the idea that art should be uplifting, or have an ethical purpose? Why don't we build temples? What mechanisms do we have for expressing gratitude? The challenge that de Botton addresses in his book: how to separate ideas and practices from the religious institutions that have laid claim to them. In Religion for Atheists is an argument to free our soul-related needs from the particular influence of religions, even if it is, paradoxically, the study of religion that will allow us to rediscover and rearticulate those needs.

Restless Souls

Restless Souls
Author: Leigh Schmidt
Publsiher: HarperOne
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2006-08-29
ISBN 10: 9780060858346
ISBN 13: 0060858346
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Restless Souls Book Review:

Yoga classes and Zen meditation, New-Age seminars and holistic workshops, The Oprah Winfrey Show and books by Deepak Chopra—all are part of the ongoing religious experimentation that has surprisingly deep roots in American history. By tracing our unique spiritual heritage along its many colorful highways and eccentric byways, Restless Souls profiles a rich spirituality that is distinctively American.

Village of Secrets

Village of Secrets
Author: Caroline Moorehead
Publsiher: Random House Canada
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2014-08-05
ISBN 10: 0307363104
ISBN 13: 9780307363107
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Village of Secrets Book Review:

From the author of the runaway bestseller A Train in Winter comes the extraordinary story of a French village that helped save thousands, including many Jewish children, who were pursued by the Gestapo during World War II. Le Chambon-sur-Lignon is a small village of scattered houses high in the mountains of the Ardèche. Surrounded by pastures and thick forests of oak and pine, the plateau Vivarais lies in one of the most remote and inaccessible parts of Eastern France, cut off for long stretches of the winter by snow. During the Second World War, the inhabitants of the area saved thousands wanted by the Gestapo: resisters, freemasons, communists, downed Allied airmen and above all Jews. Many of these were children and babies, whose parents had been deported to the death camps in Poland. After the war, Le Chambon became the only village to be listed in its entirety in Yad Vashem's Dictionary of the Just. Just why and how Le Chambon and its outlying parishes came to save so many people has never been fully told. Acclaimed biographer and historian Caroline Moorehead brings to life a story of outstanding courage and determination, and of what could be done when even a small group of people came together to oppose German rule. It is an extraordinary tale of silence and complicity. In a country infamous throughout the four years of occupation for the number of denunciations to the Gestapo of Jews, resisters and escaping prisoners of war, not one single inhabitant of Le Chambon ever broke silence. The story of Le Chambon is one of a village, bound together by a code of honour, born of centuries of religious oppression. And, though it took a conspiracy of silence by the entire population, it happened because of a small number of heroic individuals, many of them women, for whom saving those hunted by the Nazis became more important than their own lives.

The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience

The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience
Author: Jerome P. Baggett
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019-07-09
ISBN 10: 1479867225
ISBN 13: 9781479867226
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience Book Review:

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.

I Sold My Soul on eBay

I Sold My Soul on eBay
Author: Hemant Mehta
Publsiher: WaterBrook
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2009-02-19
ISBN 10: 0307499499
ISBN 13: 9780307499493
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I Sold My Soul on eBay Book Review:

Unique insights from an atheist’s Sunday-morning odyssey When Hemant Mehta was a teenager he stopped believing in God, but he never lost his interest in religion. Mehta is “the eBay atheist,” the nonbeliever who auctioned off the opportunity for the winning bidder to send him to church. The auction winner was Jim Henderson, a former pastor and author of Evangelism Without Additives. Since then, Mehta has visited a variety of church services–posting his insightful critiques on the Internet and spawning a positive, ongoing dialogue between atheists and believers. I Sold My Soul on eBay tells how and why Mehta became an atheist and features his latest church critiques, including descriptions of his visits to some of the best-known churches in the country. His observations will surprise and challenge you, revealing how the church comes across to those outside the faith. Who better than a nonbeliever to offer an eye-opening assessment of how the gospel is being presented–and the elements that enhance or detract from the presentation. Mehta announced prior to his churchgoing odyssey that he would watch for any signs of God’s existence. After spending Sunday mornings in some of the nation’s leading churches, what happened to the man who sold his soul on eBay? Did attending church change his lack of belief? The answers can be found inside.

Dictionary of Atheism Skepticism Humanism

Dictionary of Atheism  Skepticism   Humanism
Author: Bill Cooke
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 606
Release: 2006
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015063661790
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dictionary of Atheism Skepticism Humanism Book Review:

In the tradition of Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce’s Devil’s Dictionary, and Joseph McCabe’s Rationalist Encyclopedia, this accessible dictionary addresses the contemporary need for a reference book that succinctly summarizes the key concepts, current terminology, and major contributions of influential thinkers broadly associated with atheism, skepticism, and humanism. In the preface, author Bill Cooke notes that his work is intended "for freethinkers in the broadest sense of the word: people who like to think for themselves and not according to the preplanned routes set by others." This dictionary will serve as a guide for all those people striving to lead fulfilling, morally responsible lives without religious belief. Readers are offered a wide range of concepts, from ancient, well-known notions such as God, free will, and evil to new concepts such as "eupraxsophy." Also included are current "buzzwords" that have some bearing on the freethought worldview such as "metrosexual." The names of many people whose lives or work reflect freethought principles form a major portion of the entries. Finally, a humanist calendar is included, on which events of interest to freethinkers are noted. This unique, accessible, and highly informative work will be a welcome addition to the libraries of open-minded people of all philosophic persuasions.

The American Mercury

The American Mercury
Author: Henry Louis Mencken
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1934
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015030747664
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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We Become Atheists

We Become Atheists
Author: Gora
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 128
Release: 1975
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015007032728
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

We Become Atheists Book Review:

Autobiography of the founder of the Atheist Centre, political activist and social worker.

Christianity Today

Christianity Today
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1966
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015068627242
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Christianity Today Book Review:

A fortnightly magazine of evangelical conviction.

Indian Horizons

Indian Horizons
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1966
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UCAL:B3348018
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Indo Asian Culture

The Indo Asian Culture
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1965
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015039672145
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Indo Asian Culture Book Review:

A Concordance to the Plays and Prefaces of Bernard Shaw

A Concordance to the Plays and Prefaces of Bernard Shaw
Author: E. Dean Bevan
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 6688
Release: 1971
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015066198014
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Concordance to the Plays and Prefaces of Bernard Shaw Book Review: