Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment

Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment

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by Phil Zuckerman, Christine Harrington
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0814797237

ISBN-13: 9780814797235

Pub. Date: 06/07/2010

Publisher: New York University Press

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

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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, 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."

Zuckerman lived in Scandinavia for fourteen months and interviewed nearly 150 Danes and Swedes of all ages and educational backgrounds, exploring the world-views of people who live their lives without religious orientation, and investigating 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 provocative answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814797235
Publisher:
New York University Press
Publication date:
06/07/2010
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
160,545
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

1 Society without God 17

2 Jens, Anne, and Christian 36

3 Fear of Death and the Meaning of Life 57

4 Lene, Sonny, and Gitte 76

5 Being Secular 95

6 Why? 110

7 Dorthe, Laura, and Johanne 128

8 Cultural Religion 150

9 Back to the USA 167

Appendix 185

Notes 189

Bibliography 205

Index 215

About the Author 227

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