Living the Secular Life

New Answers to Old Questions

By Phil Zuckerman

Over the last 25 years, no religion has become the fastest-growing religious preference in the United States: today, 3O percent of americans embrace nonreligious - or secular - lives. In Living the Secular Life, sociologist Phil Zuckerman pairs eye-opening research with real stories on nonreligious men and women from across the country to illuminate this important demographic shift. Despite opinions to the contrary, he cites abundant evidence that secular Americans are every bit as capable as their religious neighbors of raising deeply moral children, building strong communities, and grappling meaningfully with the big questions of life and death. Zuckerman identifies the virtues of spiritual self-reliance, clear-eyed pragmatism, and an abiding faith in the Golden Rule as the basis for a unique moral code shared across secular society, and he offers ways for readers to integrate these beliefs into their own lives.

A manifesto for a booming social movement- and a revelatory survey of an overlooked community- Living the Secular Life provides essential information for anyone building a life on her or his own principles.

Paperback, 276 pages.

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