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Living Without God: New Directions for Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists, and the Undecided

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Ronald Aronson has a mission: to demonstrate that a life without religion can be coherent, moral, and committed. In the last few years, the "New Atheists" - Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens - have created a stir by criticizing religion and the belief in God. Aronson moves beyond the discussion of what we should not believe, proposing co ...more
Paperback, Large Print, 362 pages
Published September 4th 2010 by ReadHowYouWant (first published September 1st 2008)
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Jane Susswein
Thisis part of an email I sent the author. Turns out we were both in the Boston area at the same time, and I may have taught a class he moght have attended at Brandeis!

I must admit I am an ardent Kaplanian, and would love to have seen some discussion of the types of communities that are best for realizing all the values you so beautifully articulate. I have often spoken about the kavanah of gratitude and awe - not gratitude towards anyone, but simply the attitude- that are read in the morning pr
There are many secular books available about why people don't believe in gods; this is one of the few that talks about what atheists do believe, and even better, what kind of difference such beliefs can make in the way we live as authentic human beings. At the very least, this book makes you think about what life is about and how to live it to the fullest without the delusion of belief in the supernatural. I am reading it again because our weekly intentional community, Reasonable Living, has cho ...more
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An excellent book to recommend to anyone who tells you that without God our lives are meaningless or "everything is permitted." Aronson shows that a life lived here in the real world, now, not in anticipation of some life after we die or reward in a hereafter, can be a focused, happy, grateful, meaningful, and hopeful one. We need a lot more books on this subject!
The author focuses more on his political views and experiences than he does for making a case for "living without god." I respect his political views, for they mirror many of my own, but I was looking for him to delve more into what it means to live with god and who build a society without god.
Great work, it's like an "ok, there is no god, now what?", I like the idea of focusing more in "What do I can do to be a better person or to behave morally better?" than in the "Religion is not good" argument.
Shawn Steketee
Very good book for the new atheist or the agnostic.It helps you to get beyond just unbelief and look at what else it may mean to be an atheist.
I agreed with all of the directives and commentary.
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