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Spiritual Atheism

Spiritual Atheism
  • Author : Steve Antinoff
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  • Release Date :2010
  • Total pages :151
  • ISBN : 1582435642
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Summary : Argues that the central conflict of Western civilization is between spirituality and atheism, that the natural world cannot satisfy, that this dissatisfaction is intolerable, and that there is no God to provide comfort.

Spiritual Atheism

Spiritual Atheism
  • Author : Soren Sorensen
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  • Release Date :2012-07
  • Total pages :120
  • ISBN : 9780985823719
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Summary : This book will challenge you to reconsider your foundational philosophical assumptions about the nature of existence, identity, motivation, happiness, healing, forgiveness, consciousness, creation, intention, and manifestation from a shockingly direct and extremely powerful point of view!Discover a radical, inspiring, and liberating way tounderstand your life and live it to its fullest potential!

Spiritual Atheist

Spiritual Atheist
  • Author : Nick Seneca Jankel
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  • Release Date :2018-09-20
  • Total pages :290
  • ISBN : 9781999731526
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Summary : For the millions who want to find peace, love, and purpose without religion, Cambridge-educated leadership guru and philosopher Nick Jankel sets out a radical new life philosophy that reunites cutting-edge science with timeless spiritual wisdom to help us make better life choices and transform our life, love, and leadership challenges so we thrive.

Believing in Dawkins

Believing in Dawkins
  • Author : Eric Steinhart
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  • Release Date :2020-09-14
  • Total pages :399
  • ISBN : 9783030430511
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Summary : Dawkin's militant atheism is well known; his profound faith less well known In this book, atheist philosopher Eric Steinhart explores the spiritual dimensions of Richard Dawkins’ books, which are shown to encompass: · the meaning and purpose of life · an appreciation of Platonic beauty and truth · a deep belief in the rationality of the universe · an aversion to both scientism and nihilism As an atheist, Dawkins strives to develop a scientific alternative to theism, and while he declares that science is not a religion, he also proclaims it to be a spiritual enterprise. His books are filled with fragmentary sketches of this ‘spiritual atheism’, resembling a great unfinished cathedral. This book systematises and completes Dawkins’ arguments and reveals their deep roots in Stoicism and Platonism. Expanding on Dawkins’ ideas, Steinhart shows how atheists can develop powerful ethical principles, compelling systems of symbols and images, and meaningful personal and social practices. Believing in Dawkins is a rigorous and potent entreaty for the use of science and reason to support spiritually rich and optimistic ways of thinking and living.

The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality

The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality
  • Author : André Comte-Sponville
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  • Release Date :2007
  • Total pages :212
  • ISBN : 9780670018475
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Summary : Poses an argument for living a spiritual life that is not dependent on religion, explaining that an acceptance of philosophical spiritual traditions and values does not require practitioners to embrace the existence of a higher order.

Religion for Atheists

Religion for Atheists
  • Author : Alain De Botton
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  • Release Date :2012-03-06
  • Total pages :336
  • ISBN : 0771025998
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Summary : From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer. Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent, in his mid-twenties, a crisis of faithlessness. His feelings of doubt about atheism had their origins in listening to Bach's cantatas, were further developed in the presence of certain Bellini Madonnas, and became overwhelming with an introduction to Zen architecture. However, it was not until his father's death -- buried under a Hebrew headstone in a Jewish cemetery because he had intriguingly omitted to make more secular arrangements -- that Alain began to face the full degree of his ambivalence regarding the views of religion that he had dutifully accepted. Why are we presented with the curious choice between either committing to peculiar concepts about immaterial deities or letting go entirely of a host of consoling, subtle and effective rituals and practices for which there is no equivalent in secular society? Why do we bristle at the mention of the word "morality"? Flee from the idea that art should be uplifting, or have an ethical purpose? Why don't we build temples? What mechanisms do we have for expressing gratitude? The challenge that de Botton addresses in his book: how to separate ideas and practices from the religious institutions that have laid claim to them. In Religion for Atheists is an argument to free our soul-related needs from the particular influence of religions, even if it is, paradoxically, the study of religion that will allow us to rediscover and rearticulate those needs. From the Hardcover edition.

Theology for Atheists

Theology for Atheists
  • Author : Gerald Robinson
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  • Release Date :2019-09-12
  • Total pages :180
  • ISBN : 1532683057
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Summary : THEOLOGY FOR ATHEISTS is a joyful romp in the fields of the Lord. It opens up the possibility for atheists to join in the celebrations of a religious community; to share in their rituals and devotions without having to adopt their beliefs. Here they can join with other atheists who are already there. . . and the church needs them because it is the atheists who hold the future of the church and the survival of the planet in their hands. The text creates a common ground for atheists and people of faith - by offering secular explanations for sacred mysteries and miracles, while revering their value as myths. It provides cogent answers to the three Cosmic FAQ's: Where do we come from? Why are we here? and Where are we going?

The Book of Atheist Spirituality

The Book of Atheist Spirituality
  • Author : Andre Comte-Sponville
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  • Release Date :2010-07-06
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 1409081613
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Summary : Can we do without religion? Can we have ethics without God? Is there such thing as 'atheistic spirituality'? In this powerful book, the internationally bestselling author André Comte-Sponville presents a philosophical exploration of atheism - and reaches startling conclusions. Atheists, Comte-Sponville argues, are no less interested in a spiritual life than religious believers. But by allowing the concept of spirituality to become intertwined with religion and dogma, humanity has lost touch with the nature of a true spiritual existence. Using rigorous, reasoned arguments and clear, concise, and often humorous prose Comte-Sponville draws on both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions to propose the atheistic alternative to religion, based on the human need to connect to each other and to the universe. In doing so, he offers a convincing treatise on a new form of spiritual life.

Atheism: All That Matters

Atheism: All That Matters
  • Author : Dylan Evans
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  • Release Date :2014-11-28
  • Total pages :160
  • ISBN : 1473601428
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Summary : Atheism is becoming increasingly popular and it sometimes feels that much of the western world is now post-religious. But now the initial charge of Richard Dawkins and the new atheists has past, what does atheism really mean? This is the question that Dylan Evans addresses in Atheism: All That Matters, providing a thoughtful and engaging atheist manifesto. What values can atheists share with believers?How can a belief that something doesn't exist still be a belief?Is modern atheism new or just a new form of an old system of values? Building on the work of atheist philosophers and psychologists, he shows how the history of atheist thought has developed and offers fresh ideas for how life has meaning from an atheist perspective. All That Matters about atheism. All That Matters books are a fast way to get right to the heart of key issues.

Waking Up

Waking Up
  • Author : Sam Harris
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  • Release Date :2014-09-09
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 1451636032
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Summary : For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

Beyond Atheism

Beyond Atheism
  • Author : N.A
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  • Release Date :2019-02-09
  • Total pages :648
  • ISBN : 9781732275904
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Summary : Beliefs are the easy part; the rubber hits the road with practices. In Beyond Atheism, psychologist Edward Chandler invites hard-core atheists, agnostics, spiritual atheists, secular humanists, and anyone else seeking spirituality without delusions to explore and develop such practices.

Science vs. Religion

Science vs. Religion
  • Author : Elaine Howard Ecklund
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  • Release Date :2010-05-06
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 0199889406
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Summary : That the longstanding antagonism between science and religion is irreconcilable has been taken for granted. And in the wake of recent controversies over teaching intelligent design and the ethics of stem-cell research, the divide seems as unbridgeable as ever. In Science vs. Religion, Elaine Howard Ecklund investigates this unexamined assumption in the first systematic study of what scientists actually think and feel about religion. In the course of her research, Ecklund surveyed nearly 1,700 scientists and interviewed 275 of them. She finds that most of what we believe about the faith lives of elite scientists is wrong. Nearly 50 percent of them are religious. Many others are what she calls "spiritual entrepreneurs," seeking creative ways to work with the tensions between science and faith outside the constraints of traditional religion. The book centers around vivid portraits of 10 representative men and women working in the natural and social sciences at top American research universities. Ecklund's respondents run the gamut from Margaret, a chemist who teaches a Sunday-school class, to Arik, a physicist who chose not to believe in God well before he decided to become a scientist. Only a small minority are actively hostile to religion. Ecklund reveals how scientists-believers and skeptics alike-are struggling to engage the increasing number of religious students in their classrooms and argues that many scientists are searching for "boundary pioneers" to cross the picket lines separating science and religion. With broad implications for education, science funding, and the thorny ethical questions surrounding stem-cell research, cloning, and other cutting-edge scientific endeavors, Science vs. Religion brings a welcome dose of reality to the science and religion debates.

The Delusion of Atheism

The Delusion of Atheism
  • Author : Patrick Mooney
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  • Release Date :2020-09-29
  • Total pages :192
  • ISBN : 1489730893
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Summary : Both atheistic materialism and organized religion have been the two great forces which have had the greatest mind control over Western Civilization’s perception and value system. Both systems have used their power to keep humanity in subjugation and slavery through the tactics of fear and terror. Both systems have denied humanity the dignity of its true Divine identity. When social systems exist for the sole purpose of strengthening and propelling their own self-interest rather the welfare of its citizens, then the matrix in which humanity lives becomes corrupt and decadent. When a people are denied the understanding of their own self-concept as a unique person and a child of God, they become disassociated from their own holographic identity. Nature does not tolerate a vacuum. Dystopia rushes in to replace the void caused by the split or the dualism which both atheism and organized religion cause in world which some non-local Supreme Intelligence created for a more noble purpose. Atheistic Materialism denies the existence of A Creator and is pessimistically Nihilistic. Organized Religion while admitting an Omega or an absolute, divides the soul from the body and turns this world Into a vale of tears. The New Science of Quantum Physics teaches that the Whole is greater than the sum of its parts and the substrata of the atom is consciousness. Quantum teaches the Cosmos is one. There is no separation. All that exists is linked together in the one reality of interdependence, interconnection and interrelationship. Consciousness is eternal. It carries on after the atoms of our bodies have deteriorated and gone. Consciousness tells us, that despite the momentary reality of our bodies we are spiritually eternal. Materialistic Atheism is temporary and built of the false promise of economy and profit. It proposes tragedy instead of ecstasy. Consciousness joins body and soul together. Life in this world in other world is a continuum. Life here is sacred and must be lived in this respect. Whether we like it or not we are doomed to be spiritual. It is the human spirit which is primary. Consciousness teaches us this. Terribly, Atheism has inverted this. It makes the body and its temporality primary. It forgets and denies humanity's need for transcendence. Atheism stultifies. It concerns itself with grasping rather than reaching. Atheism is greedy. It is anti-compassion. This world will surely fail unless we begin to become aware that love is our highest electromagnetic capability and selfishness our lowest.

Seven Types of Atheism

Seven Types of Atheism
  • Author : John Gray
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  • Release Date :2018-04-26
  • Total pages :176
  • ISBN : 0241199425
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Summary : SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A highly readable, fascinating book that jerks the debate on religion versus atheism right out of its crusted rut into the light of serious intellectual scrutiny' Observer A meditation on the importance of atheism in the modern world - and its inadequacies and contradictions - by one of Britain's leading philosophers 'When you explore older atheisms, you will find some of your firmest convictions - secular or religious - are highly questionable. If this prospect disturbs you, what you are looking for may be freedom from thought.' For a generation now, public debate has been corroded by a shrill, narrow derision of religion in the name of an often very vaguely understood 'science'. John Gray's stimulating and extremely enjoyable new book describes the rich, complex world of the atheist tradition, a tradition which he sees as in many ways as rich as that of religion itself, as well as being deeply intertwined with what is so often crudely viewed as its 'opposite'. The result is a book that sheds an extraordinary and varied light on what it is to be human and on the thinkers who have, at different times and places, battled to understand this issue.

Living with a Wild God

Living with a Wild God
  • Author : Barbara Ehrenreich
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  • Release Date :2014-04-08
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 1455501751
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Summary : From the New York Times bestselling author of Nickel and Dimed comes a brave, frank, and exquisitely written memoir that will change the way you see the world. Barbara Ehrenreich is one of the most important thinkers of our time. Educated as a scientist, she is an author, journalist, activist, and advocate for social justice. In LIVING WITH A WILD GOD, she recounts her quest-beginning in childhood-to find "the Truth" about the universe and everything else: What's really going on? Why are we here? In middle age, she rediscovered the journal she had kept during her tumultuous adolescence, which records an event so strange, so cataclysmic, that she had never, in all the intervening years, written or spoken about it to anyone. It was the kind of event that people call a "mystical experience"-and, to a steadfast atheist and rationalist, nothing less than shattering. In LIVING WITH A WILD GOD, Ehrenreich reconstructs her childhood mission, bringing an older woman's wry and erudite perspective to a young girl's impassioned obsession with the questions that, at one point or another, torment us all. The result is both deeply personal and cosmically sweeping-a searing memoir and a profound reflection on science, religion, and the human condition. With her signature combination of intellectual rigor and uninhibited imagination, Ehrenreich offers a true literary achievement-a work that has the power not only to entertain but amaze.

Flirting with Faith

Flirting with Faith
  • Author : Joan Ball
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  • Release Date :2010-05-11
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 9781439155363
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Summary : As a thirty-seven-year-old, highly skeptical, deeply rational woman, Joan had it all: loving family, extravagant home, a high-profile career, even personal contentment. So Joan was more surprised than anyone when she was relieved in an instant from the luxury of spiritual doubt and compelled to realign her life around practices of faith--about which she was a novice. With an unexplainable desire to pursue whatever God had for her at whatever cost was called for, Joan left her high-salary profession, sold her home and all her furniture (with her husband’s support), and started life from a blank slate. Finally realizing that she had been flirting with faith since she was a young teen, Joan fell in love with the God who had been pursuing her. Joan candidly shares the story of her radical life change as she moved from atheist, to agnostic in addiction recovery, to the unexpected moment when she was “struck” Christian. As Joan lets go of control and convention, her skepticism is gradually replaced with a realization that embracing her new faith with radical abandon led to a far more mysterious and countercultural lifestyle than she’d ever imagined.

Atheist Identities - Spaces and Social Contexts

Atheist Identities - Spaces and Social Contexts
  • Author : Lori G. Beaman,Steven Tomlins
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  • Release Date :2014-12-04
  • Total pages :219
  • ISBN : 3319096028
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Summary : The essays in this book not only examine the variety of atheist expression and experience in the Western context, they also explore how local, national and international settings may contribute to the shaping of atheist identities. By addressing identity at these different levels, the book explores how individuals construct their own atheist—or non-religious—identity, how they construct community and how identity factors into atheist interaction at the social or institutional levels. The book offers an interdisciplinary comparative approach to the analysis of issues relating to atheism, such as demography, community engagement, gender politics, stigmatism and legal action. It covers such themes as: secularization; the social context of atheism in various Western countries; the shifting of atheist identities based on different cultural and national contexts; the role of atheism in multicultural settings; how the framework of “reasonable accommodation” applies to atheism; interactions and relationships between atheism and religion and how atheism is represented for political and legal purposes. Featuring contributions by international scholars at the cutting edge of atheism studies, this volume offers unique insights into the relationship between atheism and identity. It will serve as a useful resource for academics, journalists, policy makers and general readers interested in secular and religious studies, identity construction and identity politics as well as atheism in general.

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism

The Oxford Handbook of Atheism
  • Author : Stephen Bullivant,Michael Ruse
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  • Release Date :2013-11-21
  • Total pages :784
  • ISBN : 0191667404
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Summary : Recent books by, among others, Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens have thrust atheism firmly into the popular, media, and academic spotlight. This so-called New Atheism is arguably the most striking development in western socio-religious culture of the past decade or more. As such, it has spurred fertile (and often heated) discussions both within, and between, a diverse range of disciplines. Yet atheism, and the New Atheism, are by no means co-extensive. Interesting though it indeed is, the New Atheism is a single, historically and culturally specific manifestation of positive atheism (the that there is/are no God/s), which is itself but one form of a far deeper, broader, and more significant global phenomenon. The Oxford Handbook of Atheism is a pioneering edited volume, exploring atheism—understood in the broad sense of 'an absence of belief in the existence of a God or gods'—in all the richness and diversity of its historical and contemporary expressions. Bringing together an international team of established and emerging scholars, it probes the varied manifestations and implications of unbelief from an array of disciplinary perspectives (philosophy, history, sociology, anthropology, demography, psychology, natural sciences, gender and sexuality studies, literary criticism, film studies, musicology) and in a range of global contexts (Western Europe, North America, post-communist Europe, the Islamic world, Japan, India). Both surveying and synthesizing previous work, and presenting the major fruits of innovative recent research, the handbook is set to be a landmark text for the study of atheism.

Science and Religion

Science and Religion
  • Author : John M. Duffey
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  • Release Date :2013-06-12
  • Total pages :140
  • ISBN : 1621897109
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Summary : Follow the Right Reverend Bishop John M. Duffey as he explains the duality of human understanding, the complementary natures of science and religion, and the various perspectives regarding the compatibility of science and religion. In this book, Duffey demonstrates the error in believing that science and religion conflict or are incompatible. Science and Religion is a journey through the definitive and complementary natures of religion (all religions) and science on to an explanation and demonstration of their individual and combined contributions to the whole of human universal understanding. By the end of this marvelous tour of contemplation the reader will be left with greater enlightenment regarding science, religion, and human perception and responsibility.

Atheist Awakening

Atheist Awakening
  • Author : Richard Cimino,Christopher Smith
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  • Release Date :2014-10-24
  • Total pages :224
  • ISBN : 0199392935
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Summary : Surveys over the last twenty years have seen an ever-growing number of Americans disclaim religious affiliations and instead check the "none" box. In the first sociological exploration of organized secularism in America, Richard Cimino and Christopher Smith show how one segment of these "nones" have created a new, cohesive atheist identity through activism and the creation of communities. According to Cimino and Smith, the new upsurge of atheists is a reaction to the revival of religious fervor in American politics since 1980. Feeling overlooked and underrepresented in the public sphere, atheists have employed a wide variety of strategies-some evangelical, some based on identity politics-to defend and assert themselves against their ideological opponents. These strategies include building and maintaining communities, despite the absence of the kinds of shared rituals, texts, and laws that help to sustain organized religions. Drawing on in-depth interviews with self-identified atheist, secularist, and humanist leaders and activists, as well as extensive observations and analysis of secular gatherings and media, Cimino and Smith illustrate how atheists organize and align themselves toward common goals, and how media-particularly web-based media-have proven invaluable in connecting atheists to one another and in creating a powerful virtual community. Cimino and Smith suggest that secularists rely not only on the Internet for community-building, but on their own new forms of ritual. This groundbreaking study will be essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the growing atheist movement in America.