The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now

The Joy of Secularism Essays for How We Live Now Can secularism offer us moral aesthetic and spiritual satisfaction Or does the secular view simply affirm a dog eat dog universe At a time when the issues of religion evolution atheism fundamenta

  • Title: The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now
  • Author: George Lewis Levine
  • ISBN: 9780691149103
  • Page: 223
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Can secularism offer us moral, aesthetic, and spiritual satisfaction Or does the secular view simply affirm a dog eat dog universe At a time when the issues of religion, evolution, atheism, fundamentalism, Darwin, and science fill headlines and invoke controversy, The Joy of Secularism provides a balanced and thoughtful approach for understanding an enlightened, sympatCan secularism offer us moral, aesthetic, and spiritual satisfaction Or does the secular view simply affirm a dog eat dog universe At a time when the issues of religion, evolution, atheism, fundamentalism, Darwin, and science fill headlines and invoke controversy, The Joy of Secularism provides a balanced and thoughtful approach for understanding an enlightened, sympathetic, and relevant secularism for our lives today Bringing together distinguished historians, philosophers, scientists, and writers, this book shows that secularism is not a mere denial of religion Rather, this positive and necessary condition presents a vision of a natural and difficult world without miracles or supernatural interventions that is far richer and satisfying than the religious one beyond From various perspectives philosophy, evolutionary biology, primate study, Darwinian thinking, poetry, and even bird watching the essays in this collection examine the wealth of possibilities that secularism offers for achieving a condition of fullness Factoring in historical contexts, and ethical and emotional challenges, the contributors make an honest and heartfelt yet rigorous case for the secular view by focusing attention on aspects of ordinary life normally associated with religion, such as the desire for meaning, justice, spirituality, and wonder Demonstrating that a world of secular enchantment is a place worth living in, The Joy of Secularism takes a new and liberating look at a valuable and complex subject The contributors are William Connolly, Paolo Costa, Frans de Waal, Philip Kitcher, George Levine, Adam Phillips, Robert Richards, Bruce Robbins, Rebecca Stott, Charles Taylor, and David Sloan Wilson.

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    1. These eleven essays by scientists, philosophers, and writers present a wide divergence of views on the subject of, in essence, what comes after Dawkins and Hitchens and Harris - that is, what is there for the human psyche if god and religion ("enchantment") are dismissed? I found some of the essays almost impossibly difficult to comprehend (even reading every sentence two or three times), and others absolutely brilliant, particularly those by Kitcher, Costa, De Waal, Richards and Stott. I can't [...]

    2. This book looks at the question of whether there is wonder/enchantment/moral behavior/joy in human experience that is of non-theological or non-religious source. "Duh!" I say! But I still found it interesting to read the specific responses. I especially enjoyed the essays by Frans de Waal and Rebecca Stott.

    3. Charles Taylor pits himself against a motley of 'secularists', amongst them biologists, anthropologists, philosophers of science and psychoanalysts.

    4. Some really stellar and accessible essays, and some that were a bit tougher to crack, but a worthwhile read if you are interested in the scientific side of morality, ethics, and secular humanism.

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