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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 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 by Phil Zuckerman

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Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us about Contentment
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No description available, W E B Du Bois shaped th century America to an extent rivaled by few others The first black to receive a Ph D from Harvard he helped create the discipline of sociology and was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People NAACP Martin Luther King Jr called Du Bois a gifted discoverer of social truths But until now little academic attention has been paid to his insights on religion or to how religious commitments shaped his views of race rights and justice Phil Zuckerman here gathers together Du Bois s writings on religion and makes a compelling case for Du Bois to be recognized among the leading sociologists of religion Du Bois on Religion includes selections from his well known works such as The Souls of Black Folks to poems prayers stories and speeches less widely available Brief helpful introductions preface each of the twenty six selections Also a general introduction traces Du Bois s move from church attending Christian to relentless critic of religion and evaluates Du Bois s contributions to the study of religion Du Bois on Religion is an important text for sociologists or for anyone interested in the history of race and religion in the United States, During his 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 br 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 study so many Americans claim no religion up from in 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 cliche 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 br 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, W E B Du Bois was a political and literary giant of the th century publishing over twenty books and thousands of essays and articles throughout his life In b The Social Theory of W E B Du Bois b editor Phil Zuckerman assembles Du Bois s work from a wide variety of sources including articles Du Bois published in newspapers speeches he delivered selections from well known classics such as i The Souls of Black Folk i and i Darkwater i and lesser known hard to find material written by this revolutionary social theorist This book offers an excellent introduction to the sociological theory of one of the th century s intellectual beacons