There Is No God

There Is No God
Author: David A. Williamson,George Yancey
Publsiher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2013-04-04
ISBN: 1442218517
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

There Is No God Book Excerpt:

There is No God: Atheists in America answers several questions pertaining to how the atheist population has grown from relatively small numbers to have a disproportionately large impact on important issues of our day, such as the separation of church and state, abortion, gay marriage, and public school curricula. Williamson and Yancey answer the common questions surrounding atheism. Just how common is the dismissal and derision of religion expressed by atheists? How are we to understand the world view of atheists and their motivations in political action and public discourse? Finally, is there any hope for rapprochement in the relationship of atheism and theism? There is No God, the authors begin with a brief history of atheism to set the stage for a better understanding of contemporary American atheism. They then explore how the relationship between religious and atheistic ideologies has each attempted to discredit the other in different ways at different times and under very different social and political circumstances. Although atheists are a relatively small minority, atheists appear to be growing in number and in their willingness to be identified as atheists and to voice their non-belief. As those voices of atheism increase it is essential that we understand how and why those who are defined by such a simple term as “non-believers in the existence of God” should have such social and political influence. The authors successfully answer the broader question of the apparent polarization of the religious and non-religious dimensions of American society.

Atheists in America

Atheists in America
Author: Melanie E. Brewster
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2014-06-10
ISBN: 0231163584
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheists in America Book Excerpt:

This collection features more than two dozen narratives by atheists hailing from different backgrounds across the United States. Ranging in age, race, sexual orientation, and firmness in their irreligiosity, these individuals address religious deconversion, community building, parenting, and romantic relationships, providing a nuanced look at living without God in a predominantly Christian nation. These narratives illuminate the complexities and consequences for nonbelievers in the United States. Stepping away from religious belief can have serious social and existential ramifications, forcing atheists to discover new ways to live meaningfully without the guidance of a religious community. Yet shedding the constraints of a formal belief system can also be a freeing experience. Ultimately, this volume shows that claiming an atheist identity is anything but an act isolated from the other dimensions of the self. Upending common social, political, and psychological assumptions about atheists, this collection helps carve out a more accepted space for this minority to live within American society.

Godless in America

Godless in America
Author: George Ricker
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 180
Release: 2006-03
ISBN: 059539101X
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Godless in America Book Excerpt:

"I spent the most of the first half of my life believing in Christianity and regarding belief in God as an essential component of human existence," George Ricker says. "I've spent the last 30 years trying to understand why I ever thought that way. This book is about how and why that process occurred. It's also about the danger posed to our democratic society by fundamentalist religion." Godless in America is a testimonial about the advantages of life without gods and religions. It's also a no-holds-barred look at some of the problems with both concepts. Written in a style that is conversational, yet provocative, it is a candid assessment of the real culture war being fought in America today: the attack being waged by the Religious Right on the values of personal freedom, democratic government, and the necessity for all Americans to be treated as equals before the law and by their government. At times humorous, at times outrageous, Godless in America treats religion and religious concepts as ideas that should be evaluated with the same standards used to evaluate all other ideas and concepts, not from the privileged position claimed by so many of a religious persuasion.

Atheists in America

Atheists in America
Author: Melanie E. Brewster
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 271
Release: 2014
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Atheism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheists in America Book Excerpt:

This collection features more than two dozen narratives by atheists from different backgrounds across the United States. Ranging in age, race, sexual orientation, and religious upbringing, these individuals address deconversion, community building, parenting, and romantic relationships, providing a nuanced look at living without a god in a predominantly Christian nation. These narratives illuminate the complexities and consequences for nonbelievers in the United States. Stepping away from religious belief can have serious social and existential ramifications, forcing atheists to discover new ways to live meaningfully without a religious community. Yet shedding the constraints of a formal belief system can also be a freeing experience. Ultimately, this volume shows that claiming an atheist identity is anything but an act isolated from the other dimensions of the self. Upending common social, political, and psychological assumptions about atheists, this collection helps carve out a more accepted space for this minority within American society.

When Atheism Becomes Religion

When Atheism Becomes Religion
Author: Chris Hedges
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 212
Release: 2009-03-10
ISBN: 1416570780
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

When Atheism Becomes Religion Book Excerpt:

Critiques the radical mindset that rages against religion and faith, and identifies the pillars of the new atheist belief system, revealing that the stringent rules and rigid traditions in place are as strict as those of any religious practice. The new atheists, led by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris, do not make moral arguments about religion. Rather, they have created a new form of fundamentalism that attempts to permeate society with ideas about our own moral superiority and the omnipotence of human reason. Journalist Hedges makes a case against both religious and secular fundamentalism.--From amazon.com.

Fighting God

Fighting God
Author: David Silverman
Publsiher: Macmillan
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-12-01
ISBN: 1466871288
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fighting God Book Excerpt:

Fighting God is a firebrand manifesto from one of the most recognizable faces of atheism. In his book, Silverman-a walking, talking atheist billboard known for his appearances on Fox News-discusses the effectiveness, ethics and impact of the in-your-face-atheist who refuses to be silent. Silverman argues that religion is more than just wrong: it is malevolent and does not deserve our respect. It is our duty to be outspoken and do what we can to bring religion down. Examining the mentality, methods and issues facing the firebrand atheist, Silverman presents an overwhelming argument for firebrand atheism and reveals: - All religion is cafeteria religion and almost all agnostics are atheists. - American society grants religion a privileged status, despite the intentions of the Founding Fathers. - Christian politicians have adversely (and un-Constitutionally) affected our society with regard to science, health, women's rights, and gay rights. - The notion of "atheist Jews" is a lie forced on us by religion. - It is not "Islamophobia" to observe dangerous teachings and disproportionate violence in Islam. - Atheists are slowly but surely winning the battle. Fighting God is a provocative, unapologetic book that takes religion to task and will give inspiration to non-believers and serve as the ultimate answer to apologists.

Atheists

Atheists
Author: Bruce E. Hunsberger,Bob Altemeyer
Publsiher: Prometheus Books
Total Pages: 159
Release: 2006
ISBN: 1615923144
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheists Book Excerpt:

This slender, conversational, but methodologically sound treatise on the inner world of atheists will pleasantly surprise readers accustomed to the soporific 'academese' of most sociological studies...The study is limited in scope, but the flaws are so forthrightly acknowledged and the writing is so fresh, honest, compelling and entertaining, that it is bound to become an important launching point for more studies of what makes atheists tick.-Publishers WeeklyAccording to polls, almost all Americans believe in God. So atheists naturally stand out as dissident nay-sayers, especially when challenging the use of God in the Pledge of Allegiance, or the display of religious symbols in public places. Such protests make many Americans wonder about the motivations and character of militant unbelievers.But disbelief is spreading. After reviewing the mounting evidence that organized religion is declining in many countries, this accessible book provides the first scientific study of active atheists. The authors surveyed nearly 300 members of atheist organizations in the United States. Besides soliciting these nonbelievers' level of education, political leanings, etc., the researchers sought to understand how each respondent had become an atheist. Had they ever believed in God, or had they never? Had they paid a price for their atheism?Three chapters describe the levels of dogmatism, zealotry, and religious prejudice found among the active atheists. These results, compared with others obtained from more ordinary samples of atheists (and strong fundamentalists), often surprised the authors. Uniquely, the book features a chapter in which the atheists give their reaction to the study and its often-surprising findings. Another chapter breaks down the answers a large Canadian sample gave to the measures used in the American study, according to how religious the respondent was-from atheist to agnostic to four different levels of theistic intensity. A clear finding emerged: the more religious a group was, the more their personalities, prejudices, and beliefs separated them from everyone else.

Godless

Godless
Author: Dan Barker,Richard Dawkins
Publsiher: Ulysses Press
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2008
ISBN: 1569756775
Category: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Godless Book Excerpt:

A former preacher tell why he abandoned the guidance of the Bible to follow the dictates of own conscience.

America s Blessings

America s Blessings
Author: Rodney Stark
Publsiher: Templeton Press
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2013-09-01
ISBN: 9781599474458
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

America s Blessings Book Excerpt:

A few years ago, a debate between atheists and religious believers spilled out from the halls of academia and the pews of America’s churches and into the public spotlight. A crop of atheist manifestos led the charge, surmounting and holding the tops of the nonfiction bestseller lists. This offensive brought on an outpouring of religious rebuttals. As both sides exchanged spirited volleys, accusations were leveled; myths, stereotypes, and strawmen arguments were perpetuated; and bitter hostility filled the air. Today many of these misconceptions and myths linger on, along with the generally acrimonious spirit of the debate. In America’s Blessings, distinguished researcher Rodney Stark seeks to clear the air of this hostility and debunk many of the debate’s most widely perpetuated misconceptions by drawing from an expansive pool of sociological findings. Looking at the measurable effects of religious faith and practice on American society, Stark rises above the fray and focuses exclusively on facts. His findings may surprise many, atheists and believers alike. Starting with a historical overview, Stark traces America’s religious roots from the founding of the country up through the present day, showing that religiosity in America has never been consistent, static, or monolithic. Interestingly, he finds that religious practice is now more prevalent than ever in America, despite any claims to the contrary. From here, Stark devotes whole chapters to unpacking the latest research on how religion affects different facets of modern American life, including crime, family life, sexuality, mental and physical health, sophistication, charity, and overall prosperity. The cumulative effect is that when translated into comparisons with western European nations, the United States comes out on top again and again. Thanks in no small part to America’s rich religious culture, the nation has far lower crime rates, much higher levels of charitable giving, better health, stronger marriages, and less suicide, to note only a few of the benefits. In the final chapter, Stark assesses the financial impact of these religious realities. It turns out that belief benefits the American economy—and all 300 million citizens, believer and nonbeliever alike—by a conservative estimate of $2.6 trillion a year. Despite the atheist outcry against religion, the remarkable conclusion is clear: all Americans, from the most religious among us to our secular neighbors, really ought to count our blessings.

Atheist Awakening

Atheist Awakening
Author: Richard Cimino,Christopher Smith
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 196
Release: 2014
ISBN: 0199986320
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheist Awakening Book Excerpt:

"According to Cimino and Smith, the new upsurge of atheists is a reaction to the revival of religious fervor in American politics since 1980. Feeling overlooked and underrepresented in the public sphere, atheists have employed a wide variety of strategies--some evangelical, some based on identity politics--to defend and assert themselves against their ideological opponents. These strategies include building and maintaining communities, despite the absence of the kinds of shared rituals, texts, and laws that help to sustain organized religions. Drawing on in-depth interviews with self-identified atheist, secularist, and humanist leaders and activists, as well as extensive observations and analysis of secular gatherings and media, Cimino and Smith illustrate how atheists organize and align themselves toward common goals, and how media--particularly web-based media--have proven invaluable in connecting atheists to one another and in creating a powerful virtual community. Cimino and Smith suggest that secularists rely not only on the Internet for community-building, but on their own new forms of ritual."--Publisher's Web site.

Village Atheists

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

Village Atheists Book Excerpt:

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.

Political Theology for Atheists in America

Political Theology for Atheists in America
Author: Srinath Fernando
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 44
Release: 2012
ISBN: 9789559993056
Category: Apologetics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Atheists in American Politics

Atheists in American Politics
Author: Richard J. Meagher
Publsiher: Lexington Books
Total Pages: 170
Release: 2018-02-05
ISBN: 1498558585
Category: Political Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheists in American Politics Book Excerpt:

In this book, one of the first to take atheism seriously as a social movement, Richard J. Meagher examines the political history of American atheism and freethought. Meagher demonstrates how changes in resources, opportunities, and movement identity help explain the political mobilization of atheists in America.

Atheist Bliss

Atheist Bliss
Author: Eric Paul Erickson
Publsiher: Createspace Indie Pub Platform
Total Pages: 102
Release: 2010
ISBN: 9781453753828
Category: Photography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheist Bliss Book Excerpt:

A photo exploration of atheists in America. A portion of sales will be donated to the Freedom from Religion Foundation.

Fat Chance

Fat Chance
Author: Ray Comfort
Publsiher: New Leaf Publishing Group
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2016-07-11
ISBN: 0892217456
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Fat Chance Book Excerpt:

Most atheists don’t know that there’s never been an atheist president, that no members of Congress are atheists, and that in seven states it’s illegal for atheists to run for office. Atheists are convinced that atheism is intellectual when it’s the exact opposite. There is nothing more foolish than believing the scientific impossibility that nothing created everything. Ray addresses this fact, at the same time showing that there is credible scientific evidence for God, and exposing what atheists are doing to the once great country. This is a book that you can give to your partying and boozy neighbor, your likeable but unsaved Uncle Fred, or the Christian mom who is grieved that her beloved church-going son has turned atheist. America is having a revival of atheism, and is being swallowed by moral darkness. This book is a small but powerful light. Written to help reach atheists because of the horrid reality of HellContains a clear gospel presentation to help Christians share the power of God’s graceHere is the book to give away to those who are wandering into the darkness of atheism.

I Atheist

I  Atheist
Author: David Silverman
Publsiher: Pitchstone Llc
Total Pages: 200
Release: 2014
ISBN: 9781939578051
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

I Atheist Book Excerpt:

"Charts author's growth from local atheist activist to president of American Atheists and creator and executive producer of the Reason Rally, and unapologetically defends the words and actions that have made him and his organization both loved and hated"--

Atheists Agnostics and Deists in America

Atheists  Agnostics  and Deists in America
Author: Peter Merritt Rinaldo
Publsiher: Dorpete Press
Total Pages: 184
Release: 2000
ISBN: 9781890849030
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atheists Agnostics and Deists in America Book Excerpt:

This is the First history of religious disbelief in the United States covering the period from the American Revolution to the year 2000 from Thomas Jefferson to the American Humanist Association. It examines the influence on our Founding Fathers of the philosophers Epicurus, Marcus Aurelius & Voltaire & discusses the religious beliefs of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Ingersoll & Clarence Darrow, as well as the lives of lesser-known figures such as Fanny Wright, an atheist whom Jefferson invited to the White House & Walt Whitman praised. It also traces the history of Unitairans, Universalists, Ethical Culture, Buddhists & Humanists in the United States. Finally, the book examines why atheism has never become more than a fringe belief in this country, as contrasted with much greater popularity in Europe & whether it will have more influence in future years. The book includes a glossary, an index & eight-page bibliography. The author, Peter Rinaldo, has written twelve widely-praised books in the fields of history & sociology. Order over the internet, from your local bookstore, or directly from the publisher, DorPete Press, P. O. Box 238, Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510

America s Four Gods

America s Four Gods
Author: Paul Froese,Christopher Bader
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2010-10-07
ISBN: 0199712190
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

America s Four Gods Book Excerpt:

Despite all the hype surrounding the "New Atheism," the United States remains one of the most religious nations on Earth. In fact, 95% of Americans believe in God--a level of agreement rarely seen in American life. The greatest divisions in America are not between atheists and believers, or even between people of different faiths. What divides us, this groundbreaking book shows, is how we conceive of God and the role He plays in our daily lives. America's Four Gods draws on the most wide-ranging, comprehensive, and illuminating survey of American's religious beliefs ever conducted to offer a systematic exploration of how Americans view God. Paul Froese and Christopher Bader argue that many of America's most intractable social and political divisions emerge from religious convictions that are deeply held but rarely openly discussed. Drawing upon original survey data from thousands of Americans and a wealth of in-depth interviews from all parts of the country, Froese and Bader trace America's cultural and political diversity to its ultimate source--differing opinions about God. They show that regardless of our religious tradition (or lack thereof), Americans worship four distinct types of God: The Authoritative God--who is both engaged in the world and judgmental; The Benevolent God--who loves and helps us in spite of our failings; The Critical God--who catalogs our sins but does not punish them (at least not in this life); and The Distant God--who stands apart from the world He created. The authors show that these four conceptions of God form the basis of our worldviews and are among the most powerful predictors of how we feel about the most contentious issues in American life. Accessible, insightful, and filled with the voices of ordinary Americans discussing their most personal religious beliefs, America's Four Gods provides an invaluable portrait of how we view God and therefore how we view virtually everything else.

The Black Atheist in Americ

The Black Atheist in Americ
Author: Jason Winn
Publsiher: Outskirts Press
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2012-06
ISBN: 9781432794712
Category: African Americans
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Black Atheist in Americ Book Excerpt:

"The Black Atheist in America" is a powerful and thought provoking wake up call for the Black Community. Author Jason Winn delivers a rock solid combination of facts and flavor that will transform the aimless believer into a well informed doer.Religion has maintained a very violent and sordid history throught mankinds' life on the planet. Religion was very instrumental in The Crusades, the Trans-Atlantic/Trans-Sahara slave trade, the Arab/Israeli War, and the Spanish Inquisition just to name a few. These ultra destructive events have caused vast numbers of people to lose their lives all in the name of one mans' god being greater than the other mans' god.In the Black Community. The pastors and preists of today are keeping their congregations ill informed. Much is swept under the rug by these religious leaders who continue to make lack luster headlines involving sex, drugs, and betrayal. In the end, everybody suffers. People, both young and old, will lose their time, money, and (if no action is taken) their lives.From start to finish "The Black Atheist in America" is excellent. It examines the harmful effects that religion has on the African American from a historical and factual stand point. It reveals the very retrogressive mindset of religion and the progressive mindset of critical thinking. And lastly, this book reveals workable solutions to the limited horizons and dismal expectations so "characteristic" in the Black Community. These solutions are extremely viable only if a critically thinking mind is brought to the table and not religion."

Faiths Cults and Sects of America

Faiths  Cults  and Sects of America
Author: Richard R. Mathison
Publsiher: Indianapolis : Bobbs-Merrill
Total Pages: 384
Release: 1960
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Sects
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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