Living the Secular Life Book
Score: 4
From 3 Ratings

Living the Secular Life

  • Author : Phil Zuckerman
  • Publisher : Penguin Books
  • Release Date : 2015-10-27
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 9780143127932

Living the Secular Life Excerpt :

Over the last 25 years, 'no religion' has become the fastest-growing religion in the Western World. 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 U.S. - Living the Secular Life will be indispensable for millions of secular people. A manifesto for a booming social movement and a revelatory survey of an overlooked community, this book offers essential and long-awaited information for anyone building a life based on his or her own principles

Healing Secular Life Book

Healing Secular Life

  • Author : Christopher Dole
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2012-08-16
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812206357

Healing Secular Life 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.

Life of the Beloved Book
Score: 4
From 16 Ratings

Life of the Beloved

  • Author : Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2016-08-25
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 96
  • ISBN 10 : 9781473636750

Life of the Beloved Excerpt :

The real 'work' of prayer is to become silent and listen to the voice that says good things about me. Life of the Beloved asks how one can live a spiritual life in a Western secular culture. The greatest challenge, concludes Nouwen, is to bridge the gap between secular and sacred within the self as a human being loved by God.

John Stuart Mill Book

John Stuart Mill

  • Author : Timothy Larsen
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-06-28
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780191067402

John Stuart Mill Excerpt :

John Stuart Mill observed in his Autobiography that he was a rare case in nineteenth-century Britain because he had not lost his religion but never had any. He was a freethinker from beginning to end. What is not often realized, however, is that Mill's life was nevertheless impinged upon by religion at every turn. This is true both of the close relationships that shaped him and of his own, internal thoughts. Mill was a religious sceptic, but not the kind of person which that term usually conjures up. The unexpected presence and prominence of spirituality is not only there in Mill's late, startling essay, 'Theism', in which he makes the case for hope in God and in Christ. It is everywhere—in his immediate family, his best friends, and his vision for the future. It is even there in such a seemingly unlikely place as his Logic, which repeatedly addresses religious themes. John Stuart Mill: A Secular Life is a biography which follows one of Britain's most well-respected intellectuals through all of the key moments in his life from falling in love to sitting in Parliament and beyond. It also explores his classic works including, On Liberty, Principles of Political Economy, Utilitarianism, and The Subjection of Women. In this well-research study which offers original findings and insights, Timothy Larsen presents the Mill you never knew. The Mill that even some of his closest disciples never knew. This is John Stuart Mill, the Saint of Rationalism—a secular life and a spiritual life.

Society Without God Book
Score: 4.5
From 5 Ratings

Society Without God

  • Author : Phil Zuckerman
  • Publisher : NYU Press
  • Release Date : 2010-06-07
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 237
  • ISBN 10 : 9780814797235

Society Without God Excerpt :

Are lawyers, by their very nature, agents of the state, of capital, of institutions of power? Or are there ways in which they can work constructively or transformatively for the disempowered, the working class, the underprivileged? Lawyers in a Postmodern World explores how lawyers actively create the forms of power which they and others deploy. Through engaging case studies, the book examines how lawyers work within and for powerful institutions and provides suggestions--both general and practical--for ways in which the practice of law can be made to work with and for the powerless. Individuals chapters address such subjects as the contradictions of radical law practice; legal work in South Africa; the economics and politics of negotiating justice; feminist legal scholarship and women's gendered lives; the overlapping worlds of law, business, and politics; theories of legal practice; and how lawyers are constitutive of gender relations. Contributing to the book are Maureen Cain (University of West Indies), Yves Dezalay (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France), Martha Fineman (Columbia University), Sue Lees (University of North London), Doreen McBarnet (Wolfson College, Oxford), Frank Munger (SUNY, Buffalo), Wilfried Scharf (University of Cape Town), Stuart Scheingold (University of Washington), David Sugarman (Lancaster University), and Sally Wheeler (University of Nottingham).

This Life Book

This Life

  • Author : Martin Hägglund
  • Publisher : Anchor
  • Release Date : 2020-02-04
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 466
  • ISBN 10 : 9781101873731

This Life Excerpt :

Winner of the René Wellek Prize Named a Best Book of the Year by The Guardian, The Millions, and The Sydney Morning Herald This Life offers a profoundly inspiring basis for transforming our lives, demonstrating that our commitment to freedom and democracy should lead us beyond both religion and capitalism. Philosopher Martin Hägglund argues that we need to cultivate not a religious faith in eternity but a secular faith devoted to our finite life together. He shows that all spiritual questions of freedom are inseparable from economic and material conditions: what matters is how we treat one another in this life and what we do with our time. Engaging with great philosophers from Aristotle to Hegel and Marx, literary writers from Dante to Proust and Knausgaard, political economists from Mill to Keynes and Hayek, and religious thinkers from Augustine to Kierkegaard and Martin Luther King, Jr., Hägglund points the way to an emancipated life.

My Year of Living Spiritually Book

My Year of Living Spiritually

  • Author : Anne Bokma
  • Publisher : Douglas & McIntyre
  • Release Date : 2019-10-26
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781771622349

My Year of Living Spiritually Excerpt :

In 2017, Anne Bokma embarked on a quest to become a more spiritual person. After leaving the fundamentalist religion of her youth, she became one of the eighty million North Americans who consider themselves spiritual-but-not-religious, the fastest growing “faith” category. In mid-life she found herself addicted to busyness, drinking too much, hooked on social media, dreading the empty nest and still struggling with alienation from her ultra-religious family. In response, she set out on a year-long whirlwind adventure to immerse herself in a variety of sacred practices—each of which proved to be illuminating in unexpected ways—to try to develop her own definition of what it means to be spiritual. In My Year of Living Spiritually, Bokma documents a diverse range of soulful first-person experiences—from taking a dip in Thoreau’s Walden Pond, to trying magic mushrooms for the first time, booking herself into a remote treehouse as an experiment in solitude, singing in a deathbed choir and enrolling in a week-long witch camp—in an entertaining and enlightening way that will compel readers (non-believers and believers alike) to try a few spiritual practices of their own. Along the way, she reconsiders key relationships in her life and begins to experience the greater depth of meaning, connection, gratitude, simplicity and inner peace that we all long for. Readers will find it an inspiring roadmap for their own spiritual journeys.

Du Bois on Religion Book

Du Bois on Religion

  • Author : Phil Zuckerman
  • Publisher : AltaMira Press
  • Release Date : 2000-09-06
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780759117150

Du Bois on Religion Excerpt :

W.E.B. Du Bois shaped 20th 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.

Philosophers without Gods Book
Score: 4
From 1 Ratings

Philosophers without Gods

  • Author : Louise M. Antony
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2007-08-08
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 0198038593

Philosophers without Gods Excerpt :

Atheists are frequently demonized as arrogant intellectuals, antagonistic to religion, devoid of moral sentiments, advocates of an "anything goes" lifestyle. Now, in this revealing volume, nineteen leading philosophers open a window on the inner life of atheism, shattering these common stereotypes as they reveal how they came to turn away from religious belief. These highly engaging personal essays capture the marvelous diversity to be found among atheists, providing a portrait that will surprise most readers. Many of the authors, for example, express great affection for particular religious traditions, even as they explain why they cannot, in good conscience, embrace them. None of the contributors dismiss religious belief as stupid or primitive, and several even express regret that they cannot, or can no longer, believe. Perhaps more important, in these reflective pieces, they offer fresh insight into some of the oldest and most difficult problems facing the human mind and spirit. For instance, if God is dead, is everything permitted? Philosophers without Gods demonstrates convincingly, with arguments that date back to Plato, that morality is independent of the existence of God. Indeed, every writer in this volume adamantly affirms the objectivity of right and wrong. Moreover, they contend that secular life can provide rewards as great and as rich as religious life. A naturalistic understanding of the human condition presents a set of challenges--to pursue our goals without illusions, to act morally without hope of reward--challenges that can impart a lasting value to finite and fragile human lives. 'This Atheists R Us compilation differs markedly in tone from Hitchens and Dawkins. Excellent fare for Christian small groups whose members are genuinely interested in the arguments raised by atheists.'-- Christianity Today 'Rather than the foolishness of Dawkins or Hitchens, these [essays] are compelling and sophisticated arguments that religious people ought to confro

Life After Faith Book
Score: 5
From 2 Ratings

Life After Faith

  • Author : Philip Kitcher
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-01-01
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 194
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300203431

Life After Faith Excerpt :

Offers a positive argument for secularism as a way of providing for human needs and giving meaning to people's lives, thus filling the role of relgion, and offers a vision for successors to religion.

Score: 3.5
From 4 Ratings


  • Author : Charles TAYLOR
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2009-06-30
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 888
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674044289


The place of religion in society has changed profoundly in the last few centuries, particularly in the West. In what will be a defining book for our time, Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean, and what, precisely, happens when a society becomes one in which faith is only one human possibility among others.

Seeking the Sacred Book
Score: 3
From 1 Ratings

Seeking the Sacred

  • Author : Roméo A. Dallaire
  • Publisher : ECW Press
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Pages : 147
  • ISBN 10 : 9781550227246

Seeking the Sacred Excerpt :

Speaking from experience—where things can go wrong and wrongs can remain unrighted—the five modern thinkers in this collection offer ways to maintain a spiritual life outside of a strictly religious context. Based on the acknowledgement that religious doctrine and academic paradigm do not always have adequate answers for the world's complicated problems, the essays draw on a rich mosaic of beliefs, customs, and study to address issues from social justice and morality to consciousness and the place of faith. Noted thinker Thomas Moore explores the nature of the soul, while General Roméo Dallaire shares his trials of faith in the face of evil from his 1994 tour in Rwanda. Other ways for spirituality to inform daily life are also dealt with, from putting a wish for peace into action to reaching out to others in a time of need. As these writers name parts of everyday life as sacred and worthy of devotion, they help to lead readers who are seeking something greater in their lives down a mindful, spiritual path.

Daniel Book


  • Author : Douglas Connelly
  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Release Date : 2011-10-17
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 65
  • ISBN 10 : 9780830862436

Daniel Excerpt :

A permissive society, a power-hungry people, a nation without God. Daniel's situation in Babylon sounds quite a bit like our own. In the midst of such forces, how can we remain loyal to biblical values? How can we have a positive impact on those around us? In this twelve-session LifeGuide® Bible Study, Daniel gives us practical and personal help with these questions.

How  Not  to Be Secular Book
Score: 4
From 4 Ratings

How Not to Be Secular

  • Author : James K. A. Smith
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release Date : 2014-04-23
  • Genre: Philosophy
  • Pages : 160
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802867612

How Not to Be Secular Excerpt :

How (Not) to Be Secular is what Jamie Smith calls "your hitchhiker's guide to the present" -- it is both a reading guide to Charles Taylor's monumental work A Secular Age and philosophical guidance on how we might learn to live in our times. Taylor's landmark book A Secular Age (2007) provides a monumental, incisive analysis of what it means to live in the post-Christian present -- a pluralist world of competing beliefs and growing unbelief. Jamie Smith's book is a compact field guide to Taylor's insightful study of the secular, making that very significant but daunting work accessible to a wide array of readers. Even more, though, Smith's How (Not) to Be Secular is a practical philosophical guidebook, a kind of how-to manual on how to live in our secular age. It ultimately offers us an adventure in self-understanding and maps out a way to get our bearings in today's secular culture, no matter who "we" are -- whether believers or skeptics, devout or doubting, self-assured or puzzled and confused. This is a book for any thinking person to chew on.

Coram Deo Book

Coram Deo

  • Author : Harry Albert Van Belle
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2019-07-09
  • Genre: Christian life
  • Pages : 239
  • ISBN 10 : 1077705689

Coram Deo Excerpt :

The world is facing a number of major problems today: the effects of climate change, gun violence, the mass-migration of people from the third world, major conflicts between and within nations, the rise of racism worldwide fuelled by ideologies of populism, nationalism, fascism and anti-semitism, the opioid crisis and the disappearance of truth speaking, to mention only a few.There appears to be no consensus among world leaders on how to deal with any of these. The result is a paralysis of decision-making.. What is lacking is an overarching vision that binds us together. Each of us seems doomed to "doing what is good in our own eyes" (Judges 21: 25).Why is this happening? We live in a secular age. Most of us live our lives without an explicit awareness of God. Some time in our history we deliberately and systematically exorcised God from our collective consciousness Something essential is lost when we decide to live life without God. Human existence easily becomes a perpetual restless search to serve and worship something or someone other than God, without the chance of ever arriving anywhere.That is the way it is today, but it does not have to be that way. The Hebraic-Christian Scriptures tell us about coram deo, or a life lived in the presence of God. In this story God's presence in our lives is like a protective dome over us, like a rainbow that lights up the world after a thunderstorm. What this means for our present predicament is the focus of this book.