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Argues that the central conflict of Western civilization is between spirituality and atheism, that the natural world cannot satisfy, that this dissatisfaction is intolerable, and that there is no God to provide comfort.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Steve Antinoff
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Release: 2010
File: 151 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781582435640

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This book will challenge you to reconsider your foundational philosophical assumptions about the nature of existence, identity, motivation, happiness, healing, forgiveness, consciousness, creation, intention, and manifestation from a shockingly direct and extremely powerful point of view!Discover a radical, inspiring, and liberating way tounderstand your life and live it to its fullest potential!

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Genre: Religion
Author: Soren Sorensen
Publisher: Spiral Garden
Release: 2012-07
File: 120 Pages
ISBN-13: 0985823712

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For the millions who want to find peace, love, and purpose without religion, Cambridge-educated leadership guru and philosopher Nick Jankel sets out a radical new life philosophy that reunites cutting-edge science with timeless spiritual wisdom to help us make better life choices and transform our life, love, and leadership challenges so we thrive.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Nick Seneca Jankel
Publisher: Switch on Worldwide Limited
Release: 2018-09-20
File: 290 Pages
ISBN-13: 1999731522

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Dawkin's militant atheism is well known; his profound faith less well known In this book, atheist philosopher Eric Steinhart explores the spiritual dimensions of Richard Dawkins’ books, which are shown to encompass: · the meaning and purpose of life · an appreciation of Platonic beauty and truth · a deep belief in the rationality of the universe · an aversion to both scientism and nihilism As an atheist, Dawkins strives to develop a scientific alternative to theism, and while he declares that science is not a religion, he also proclaims it to be a spiritual enterprise. His books are filled with fragmentary sketches of this ‘spiritual atheism’, resembling a great unfinished cathedral. This book systematises and completes Dawkins’ arguments and reveals their deep roots in Stoicism and Platonism. Expanding on Dawkins’ ideas, Steinhart shows how atheists can develop powerful ethical principles, compelling systems of symbols and images, and meaningful personal and social practices. Believing in Dawkins is a rigorous and potent entreaty for the use of science and reason to support spiritually rich and optimistic ways of thinking and living.

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Genre: Science
Author: Eric Steinhart
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Release: 2020-09-14
File: 399 Pages
ISBN-13: 3030430510

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Poses an argument for living a spiritual life that is not dependent on religion, explaining that an acceptance of philosophical spiritual traditions and values does not require practitioners to embrace the existence of a higher order.

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Genre: Religion
Author: André Comte-Sponville
Publisher: Penguin
Release: 2007
File: 212 Pages
ISBN-13: 0670018473

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From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer. Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent, in his mid-twenties, a crisis of faithlessness. His feelings of doubt about atheism had their origins in listening to Bach's cantatas, were further developed in the presence of certain Bellini Madonnas, and became overwhelming with an introduction to Zen architecture. However, it was not until his father's death -- buried under a Hebrew headstone in a Jewish cemetery because he had intriguingly omitted to make more secular arrangements -- that Alain began to face the full degree of his ambivalence regarding the views of religion that he had dutifully accepted. Why are we presented with the curious choice between either committing to peculiar concepts about immaterial deities or letting go entirely of a host of consoling, subtle and effective rituals and practices for which there is no equivalent in secular society? Why do we bristle at the mention of the word "morality"? Flee from the idea that art should be uplifting, or have an ethical purpose? Why don't we build temples? What mechanisms do we have for expressing gratitude? The challenge that de Botton addresses in his book: how to separate ideas and practices from the religious institutions that have laid claim to them. In Religion for Atheists is an argument to free our soul-related needs from the particular influence of religions, even if it is, paradoxically, the study of religion that will allow us to rediscover and rearticulate those needs. From the Hardcover edition.

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Genre: Philosophy
Author: Alain De Botton
Publisher: Signal
Release: 2012-03-06
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780771025990

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THEOLOGY FOR ATHEISTS is a joyful romp in the fields of the Lord. It opens up the possibility for atheists to join in the celebrations of a religious community; to share in their rituals and devotions without having to adopt their beliefs. Here they can join with other atheists who are already there. . . and the church needs them because it is the atheists who hold the future of the church and the survival of the planet in their hands. The text creates a common ground for atheists and people of faith - by offering secular explanations for sacred mysteries and miracles, while revering their value as myths. It provides cogent answers to the three Cosmic FAQ's: Where do we come from? Why are we here? and Where are we going?

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Genre: Religion
Author: Gerald Robinson
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
Release: 2019-09-12
File: 180 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781532683053

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Can we do without religion? Can we have ethics without God? Is there such thing as 'atheistic spirituality'? In this powerful book, the internationally bestselling author André Comte-Sponville presents a philosophical exploration of atheism - and reaches startling conclusions. Atheists, Comte-Sponville argues, are no less interested in a spiritual life than religious believers. But by allowing the concept of spirituality to become intertwined with religion and dogma, humanity has lost touch with the nature of a true spiritual existence. Using rigorous, reasoned arguments and clear, concise, and often humorous prose Comte-Sponville draws on both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions to propose the atheistic alternative to religion, based on the human need to connect to each other and to the universe. In doing so, he offers a convincing treatise on a new form of spiritual life.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Andre Comte-Sponville
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2010-07-06
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781409081616

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For the millions of Americans who want spirituality without religion, Sam Harris’s latest New York Times bestseller is a guide to meditation as a rational practice informed by neuroscience and psychology. From Sam Harris, neuroscientist and author of numerous New York Times bestselling books, Waking Up is for the twenty percent of Americans who follow no religion but who suspect that important truths can be found in the experiences of such figures as Jesus, the Buddha, Lao Tzu, Rumi, and the other saints and sages of history. Throughout this book, Harris argues that there is more to understanding reality than science and secular culture generally allow, and that how we pay attention to the present moment largely determines the quality of our lives. Waking Up is part memoir and part exploration of the scientific underpinnings of spirituality. No other book marries contemplative wisdom and modern science in this way, and no author other than Sam Harris—a scientist, philosopher, and famous skeptic—could write it.

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Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
Author: Sam Harris
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2014-09-09
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781451636031

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Atheism is becoming increasingly popular and it sometimes feels that much of the western world is now post-religious. But now the initial charge of Richard Dawkins and the new atheists has past, what does atheism really mean? This is the question that Dylan Evans addresses in Atheism: All That Matters, providing a thoughtful and engaging atheist manifesto. What values can atheists share with believers?How can a belief that something doesn't exist still be a belief?Is modern atheism new or just a new form of an old system of values? Building on the work of atheist philosophers and psychologists, he shows how the history of atheist thought has developed and offers fresh ideas for how life has meaning from an atheist perspective. All That Matters about atheism. All That Matters books are a fast way to get right to the heart of key issues.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Dylan Evans
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Release: 2014-11-28
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781473601420

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