The Resource Society without God : what the least religious nations can tell us about contentment, Phil Zuckerman

Society without God : what the least religious nations can tell us about contentment, Phil Zuckerman

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Society without God : what the least religious nations can tell us about contentment
Title
Society without God
Title remainder
what the least religious nations can tell us about contentment
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Phil Zuckerman
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Language
eng
Summary
"Most Americans are convinced that faith in God is the foundation of civil society. Society without God reveals this to be nothing more than a well-subscribed, and strangely American, delusion. Even atheists living in the United States will be astonished to discover how unencumbered by religion most Danes and Swedes currently are. This glimpse of an alternate, secular reality is at once humbling and profoundly inspiring - and it comes not a moment too soon. Zuckerman's research is truly indispensable."--Sam Harris, founder of the Reason Project and author of the New York Times best sellers The end of faith and Letter to a Christian nation. 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, beginning in 2005. 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 nonreligious 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."
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Zuckerman, Phil
Dewey number
306.6094
Index
index present
LC call number
BL2775.3
LC item number
.Z83 2008
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Religion
  • Religion and sociology
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Society without God : what the least religious nations can tell us about contentment, Phil Zuckerman
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-214) and index
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volume
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nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Society without God -- Jens, Anne, and Christian -- Fear of death and the meaning of life -- Lene, Sonny, and Gitte -- Being secular -- Why? -- Dorthe, Laura, and Johanne -- Cultural religion -- Back to the USA
Control code
ocn226966507
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 227 pages
Isbn
9780814797143
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(cl : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008018213
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unmediated
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rdamedia
Media type code
n
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(OCoLC)226966507
Label
Society without God : what the least religious nations can tell us about contentment, Phil Zuckerman
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-214) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Society without God -- Jens, Anne, and Christian -- Fear of death and the meaning of life -- Lene, Sonny, and Gitte -- Being secular -- Why? -- Dorthe, Laura, and Johanne -- Cultural religion -- Back to the USA
Control code
ocn226966507
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 227 pages
Isbn
9780814797143
Isbn Type
(cl : alk. paper)
Lccn
2008018213
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)226966507

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