Living the Secular Life

Living the Secular Life
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2014-12-04
ISBN: 0698170083
Category: Social Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living the Secular Life Book Excerpt:

“A humane and sensible guide to and for the many kinds of Americans leading secular lives in what remains one of the most religious nations in the developed world.” —The New York Times Book Review Over the last twenty-five years, “no religion” has become the fastest-growing religious preference in the United States. Around the world, hundreds of millions of people have turned away from the traditional faiths of the past and embraced a moral yet nonreligious—or secular—life, generating societies vastly less religious than at any other time in human history. 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 country—Living the Secular Life will be indispensable for millions of secular Americans. Drawing on innovative sociological research, Living the Secular Life illuminates this demographic shift with the moral convictions that govern secular individuals, offering crucial information for the religious and nonreligious alike. Living the Secular Life reveals that, despite opinions to the contrary, nonreligious Americans possess a unique moral code that allows them to effectively navigate the complexities of modern life. Spiritual self-reliance, clear-eyed pragmatism, and an abiding faith in the Golden Rule to adjudicate moral decisions: these common principles are shared across secular society. Living the Secular Life demonstrates these principles in action and points to their usage throughout daily life. Phil Zuckerman is a sociology professor at Pitzer College, where he studied the lives of the nonreligious for years before founding a Department of Secular Studies, the first academic program in the nation dedicated to exclusively studying secular culture and the sociological consequences of America’s fastest-growing “faith.” Zuckerman discovered that despite the entrenched negative beliefs about nonreligious people, American secular culture is grounded in deep morality and proactive citizenship—indeed, some of the very best that the country has to offer. Living the Secular Life journeys through some of the most essential components of human existence—child rearing and morality, death and ritual, community and beauty—and offers secular readers inspiration for leading their own lives. Zuckerman shares eye-opening research that reveals the enduring moral strength of children raised without religion, as well as the hardships experienced by secular mothers in the rural South, where church attendance defines the public space. Despite the real sorrows of mortality, Zuckerman conveys the deep psychological health of secular individuals in their attitudes toward illness, death, and dying. Tracking the efforts of nonreligious groups to construct their own communities, Zuckerman shows how Americans are building institutions and cultivating relationships without religious influence. Most of all, Living the Secular Life infuses the sociological data and groundbreaking research with the moral convictions that govern secular individuals and demonstrates how readers can integrate these beliefs into their own lives. A manifesto for a booming social movement—and a revelatory survey of this overlooked community—Living the Secular Life offers essential and long-awaited information for anyone building a life based on his or her own principles.

Society without God Second Edition

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

Society without God Second Edition Book Excerpt:

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.

Society Without God

Society Without God
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 227
Release: 2008-10-01
ISBN: 0814797148
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Society Without God Book Excerpt:

“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.”

A Christian Life Vs a Secular Life

A Christian Life Vs  a Secular Life
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: "A More Just World"
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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What It Means to Be Moral

What It Means to Be Moral
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: Catapult
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2019-09-10
ISBN: 1640092757
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

What It Means to Be Moral Book Excerpt:

“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

Secular Nations under New Gods

Secular Nations under New Gods
Author: Willem H. Vanderburg
Publsiher: University of Toronto Press
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2019-01-18
ISBN: 1487523033
Category: RELIGION
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Nations under New Gods Book Excerpt:

Ever since Max Weber's study of the role Protestantism played in our civilization, the role of Christianity in our world has been much debated. This work is addressed to those interested in a return to the Biblical message as opposed to what institutionalized Christianity has made of it.

Secular Spirituality

Secular Spirituality
Author: Bonnie Cousens
Publsiher: IISHJ-NA
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2003-10-01
ISBN: 0967325978
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Spirituality Book Excerpt:

"The collected proceedings of the international institute's colloquium '01 exploring the relationship between secular humanistic judaism and spirituality. Focuses on the relevance of secular spirituality its roots progression overtime, and expression in science, literature, art and religion."

Healing Secular Life

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

Healing Secular Life Book Excerpt:

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.

The Quarterly Review

   The    Quarterly Review
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1880
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Secular Cosmopolitanism Hospitality and Religious Pluralism

Secular Cosmopolitanism  Hospitality  and Religious Pluralism
Author: Andrew Fiala
Publsiher: Taylor & Francis
Total Pages: 210
Release: 2016-10-04
ISBN: 1134849265
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Cosmopolitanism Hospitality and Religious Pluralism Book Excerpt:

This book explores the idea of religious pluralism while defending the norms of secular cosmopolitanism, which include liberty, tolerance, civility, and hospitality. The secular cosmopolitan ideal requires us to be more tolerant and more hospitable toward religious believers and non-believers from diverse traditions in our religiously pluralistic world. Some have argued that the world’s religions can be united around a common core. This book argues that it is both impossible and inadvisable either to reduce religion to one thing or to deny religion. Instead, the book affirms non reductive pluralism and seeks to understand how we should live in a pluralistic world. Building on work in the sociology of religion and philosophy of religion, the book examines the grown of religious diversity (and the spread of nonreligion) in the contemporary world. It argues that religious toleration, hospitality, and compassion must be extended in a global direction. Secular cosmopolitanism recognizes that each person has a right to his or her deepest beliefs and that the diversity of the world’s religious and non-religious traditions cannot be reduced or eliminated.

The Secular as Methodology

The Secular as Methodology
Author: Robert L. Montgomery
Publsiher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2018-08-14
ISBN: 1532657668
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secular as Methodology Book Excerpt:

Secularization is a process that has been taking place throughout the world, but especially in the West. It refers to limitations of various types to religious thoughts, activities, ownership, and power, but does not necessarily mean limitation on religious freedom. Because of this contested double effect, secularization is perceived both negatively and positively. I propose that the secular be viewed primarily as a methodology in various areas of life, beginning most clearly with science, but extending to many other areas of thought and activity. When this is done I believe people then have the clear option to apply their faith to all of their thought and action and at the same time to allow for correction and improvement to their thought and action. These corrections and improvements will be debated, but in the end, for Christians, they are dependent on interpretations of the Bible. Furthermore, I believe the broad result for all people is to clarify the choice to believe in God or rather that we are chosen by God revealed in the Bible who is seeking to have fellowship with us.

Practicing Safe Sects

Practicing Safe Sects
Author: F. LeRon Shults
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 318
Release: 2018-03-06
ISBN: 9004360956
Category: Science
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Practicing Safe Sects Book Excerpt:

In Practicing Safe Sects F. LeRon Shults provides scientific and philosophical resources for having “the talk” about religious reproduction: where do gods come from – and what are the costs of bearing them in our culturally pluralistic, ecologically fragile environment?

The London Quarterly Review

The London Quarterly Review
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1880
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Quarterly Review

Quarterly Review
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 1879
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: English literature
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Our Good Crisis

Our Good Crisis
Author: Jonathan K. Dodson
Publsiher: InterVarsity Press
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2020-03-17
ISBN: 0830848266
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Our Good Crisis Book Excerpt:

Behind every crisis we read about in the news lurks a moral crisis—a crisis of goodness. To properly address these issues, Pastor Jonathan Dodson thinks we must be formed as people of moral goodness. In this wise and practical book, Dodson takes us back to the Beatitudes, examining each teaching in the context of the new morality in our society today and presenting a compelling portrait of the truly good life.

Literary Relations East and West

Literary Relations East and West
Author: East-West Center,Ryūkoku Daigaku
Publsiher: University of Hawaii Press
Total Pages: 259
Release: 1990
ISBN: 1928374650XXX
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Secular Surge

Secular Surge
Author: David E. Campbell,Geoffrey C. Layman,John C. Green
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2020-12-03
ISBN: 1108831133
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Surge Book Excerpt:

Many Americans are turning away from religion. Will a Secular Left rise to counter the Religious Right?

Living and Dying in England 1100 1540 The Monastic Experience

Living and Dying in England 1100 1540   The Monastic Experience
Author: Barbara Harvey
Publsiher: Clarendon Press
Total Pages: 308
Release: 1993-09-02
ISBN: 0191591734
Category: Architecture
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living and Dying in England 1100 1540 The Monastic Experience Book Excerpt:

This fascinating account of daily life in Westminster Abbey, one of medieval England's most important monastic communities is also a broad exploration of some major themes in the social history of the Middle Ages, by one of its most distinguished historians. - ;This is an authoritative account of daily life in Westminster Abbey, one of medieval England's greatest monastic communities. It is also a wide-ranging exploration of some major themes in the social history of the Middle Ages and early sixteenth century, by one of its most distinguished historians. Barbara Harvey exploits the exceptionally rich archives of the Benedictine foundation of Westminster to the full, offering numerous vivid insights into the lives of the Westminster monks, their dependants, and their benefactors. She examines the charitable practices of the monks, their food and drink, their illnesses and their deaths, the number and conditions of employment of their servants, and their controversial practice of granting corrodies (pensions made up in large measure of benefits in kind). All these topics Miss Harvey considers in the context both of religious institutions in general, and of the secular world. Full of colour and interest, Living and Dying in England is an original and highly readable contribution to medieval history, and that of the early sixteenth century. - ;By one of the greatest authorities on the subject -

The Youngest Son

The Youngest Son
Author: Sandy Kendall
Publsiher: Author House
Total Pages: 330
Release: 2013-10
ISBN: 1491824379
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Youngest Son Book Excerpt:

Nick Millar is going home to Philadelphia. No longer Father Nicholas, Nick has to face his family and make a new life for himself after deciding to leave the priesthood. At thirty-four, Nick has to start over with degrees in Theology and Ancient Languages and experience in street ministry that doesn't translate in today's job market. Still, he has the support of his family, a small trust fund, and an appeal to women that many would envy. Nick, the youngest son in a high-achieving family, plods along realizing his choice of career is not what his family would choose, but with the help of some strong women begins to put his life back together. Senator Abbe Metzger, wants Nick as her chief of staff...and more. But Nick has a soft spot for Annie, a young woman he encounters "on the street". When he does meet the love of his life, he finds everyone has a past.

Lead Us Not Into Temptation

Lead Us Not Into Temptation
Author: Raymond Arroyo Jr.
Publsiher: Xlibris Corporation
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2010-06-07
ISBN: 1450094694
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lead Us Not Into Temptation Book Excerpt:

Lead Us Not Into Temptation is a spiritual book as given to me by God. This book is different from other spiritual books in that it connects man with his sole link to God and that is through his own soul. Regardless of one’s religion or persuasion, this book is for all people to find their way back to God. For secularism, religion and intellectualism have failed miserably in bringing true peace and love into this world, be it in the past, our present and probably in our future also. Jesus once said, “truly, truly you must be born again of the spirit. For that which is of water is water (the body), and that which is of spirit is spirit. For the Father is spirit and for us to worship Him we must worship in spirit and in truth.” This is a universal law, the same for all people all over the world, regardless of their religious beliefs. For we all worship the same one God, and He must be worshipped in spirit and in truth. The purpose of this book is to help people change from their secular life to a spiritual life and to develop a closer walk with God in their daily lives. By which we then begin to worship God the Father in spirit and in truth. This is the one pathway never chosen by man and is the pathway to peace on earth and good will towards all men. It is the pathway to the salvation for all mankind. Part One: Lead Us Not Into Temptation explores the history of man back to the Garden of Eden and the first temptation where man falls from grace. Man after that incident embarks on a journey of secularism, worldliness and materiality, which only separates him more and more from God. Although man has had the opportunity to live in the time of the great prophets of God and with Jesus himself, he has still maintained a steady course in his secular/worldly lifestyle constantly refusing to follow the spiritual path of God. This stubbornness of man has brought him to where we find our world today, in the grips of a huge recession and probably a depression, and world tensions and terrorism threatening the peace of the world. Part Two: Deliver Us From Evil, teaches how one can develop a life of spirituality and redemption from both God and from oneself. I begin with the prophecies of God as given to us in the Holy Bible and in the Bible codes. I explain how these prophecies line up with our generation living on Earth right now and are 100% accurate and have all been fulfilled to date. They are God’s warning to us that we cannot go on living worldly/secularly lives for we are reaching the end of the road: the End Times as predicted in the bible. It is a warning meaning we can change the future from doom and gloom to eternal bliss, but it is up to each of us. That unless we are willing to make some very fundamental changes in our lives towards one another and to God, we won’t survive as a civilization That without faith, hope and love in God we are doomed to repeat our mistakes. I teach the power of prayer and how that through prayer with God, one will find the answer and changes for their lives. I show how a prayer life is the only link we have to God the Father. Through daily prayer, one will begin the process of recreating a life of spirituality. I teach the principles of a spiritual life and the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit. How God works the fruits into your life changing you from your former self (imperfections and dislikes) into the new person filled with the wonderful fruits of God’s Holy Spirit. I explain that the key of life is love for without love there could be no God, no universe, no us. This book is for all people of all races, all religions to find the cure to life that has escaped them all through the years. It will unite the reader to a one to one relation with God and a healing and rebirth for their souls.