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Title The varieties of nonreligious experience : atheism in American culture / Jerome P. Baggett.
Author Baggett, Jerome P., 1963- author.
Publication New York : New York University Press, [2019]
Copyright date ©2019
Description xvi, 273 pages ; 24 cm.
Call # 211.8097 B
Series Secular studies
Secular studies.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-261) and index.
Contents Getting the lay of the land: identifying as atheist -- Well, I'll be damned!: considering atheism beyond the popular view -- Acquiring atheist identities: four acquisition narratives -- Maintaining atheist identities: stigma, reason, feelings -- Digging a bit deeper: cultivating atheist sensibilities -- The empirical root: science without scientism -- The critical root: living with integrity by saying no -- The agnostic root: being open by saying I don't know -- The immanent root: progressing by saying yes.
Summary A fascinating exploration of the breadth of social, emotional, and spiritual experiences of atheists in America. Self-identified atheists make up roughly 5 percent of the American religious landscape, comprising a larger population than Mormons, Jehovah's Witnesses, Jews, Orthodox Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, and Hindus combined. In spite of their relatively significant presence in society, atheists are one of the most stigmatized groups in the United States, frequently portrayed as immoral, unhappy, or even outright angry. Yet we know very little about what their lives are actually like as they live among their largely religious, and sometimes hostile, fellow citizens. In this book, Jerome P. Baggett listens to what atheists have to say about their own lives and viewpoints. Drawing on questionnaires and interviews with more than five hundred American atheists scattered across the country, 'The Varieties of Nonreligious Experience' uncovers what they think about morality, what gives meaning to their lives, how they feel about religious people, and what they think and know about religion itself. Though the wider public routinely understands atheists in negative terms, as people who do not believe in God, Baggett pushes readers to view them in a different light. Rather than simply rejecting God and religion, atheists actually embrace something much more substantive-lives marked by greater integrity, open-mindedness, and progress.
Subject Atheism -- United States.
Atheism. (OCoLC)fst00819974
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
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 Central 2nd Fl - HBR New Books  211.8097 B    DUE 01-19-21