Friday, October 14, 2016
Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment - Phil Zuckerman
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.
Zuckerman formally interviewed nearly 150 Danes and Swedes of all ages and educational backgrounds over the course of fourteen months. 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. 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." Amazon
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