BECOMING ATHEIST: HUMANISM AND THE SECULAR WESTBook - 20170112
The Western World is becoming atheist. In the space of three generations churchgoing and religious belief have become alien to millions. We are in the midst of one of humankind's great cultural changes. How has this happened?
Becoming Atheist explores how people of the sixties' generation have come to live their lives as if there is no God. It tells the life narratives of those from Britain, Western Europe, the United States and Canada who came from Christian, Jewish and other backgrounds to be without faith. Based on interviews with 85 people born in 18 countries, Callum Brown shows how gender, ethnicity and childhood shape how individuals lose religion.
This book moves from statistical and broad cultural analysis to use frank, humorous and sometimes harrowing personal testimony. Becoming Atheist exposes people's role in renegotiating their own identities, and fashioning a secular and humanist culture for the Western world.
Through statistical analysis and personal testimony, this thoughtful text delves into the topic of secularism and investigates the growing number of self described atheists in the western world. The author interviews over eighty people who relate their path away from traditional faith. The book divides the subject into more specific concerns, such as the atheist child, atheism and women, and atheism and ethnicity. Of note is discussion concerning the feeling that losing faith in one's childhood religion is more traumatic than embracing atheism per se. The book concludes with a discussion of humanism as possibly the religion of the next generation. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)