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Living Without God

Ronald Aronson, reprint (Counterpoint: Aug 18, 2009), 256 pages.

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 contemporary answers to Immanuel Kant’s three great questions: What can I know? What ought I to do? What can I hope? Grounded in the sense that we are deeply dependent and interconnected beings who are rooted in nature, history, society, and the global economy, Living Without God explores the issues of 21st-century secularists. Reflecting on such perplexing questions as why are we grateful for life’s gifts, who or what is responsible for inequalities, and how to live in the face of aging and dying, Living Without God is less interested in attacking religion than in developing a positive philosophy for atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, skeptics, and freethinkers.

Table of Contents

    • Introduction: Turning Toward Something     3
    • After Progress     25
    • Gratitude     43
    • The World on Our Shoulders     65
    • Taking Responsibility for Ourselves     91
    • Choosing to Know     123
    • Dying Without God     151
    • Hope     187
    • Notes     213
    • Index     237