Life After Faith: The Case for Secular Humanism (The Terry Lectures Series)

Although there is not any scarcity of modern books arguing opposed to faith, few supply a favorable alternative—how somebody may well reside a satisfying lifestyles with out the aid of non secular ideals. This enlightening publication fills the distance. Philip Kitcher constructs an unique and persuasive secular point of view, one who solutions human wishes, acknowledges the objectivity of values, and gives for the common wish for meaningfulness.
 
Kitcher thoughtfully and sensitively considers how secularism can reply to the troubles and demanding situations that each one humans confront, together with the difficulty of mortality. He investigates how secular lives evaluate with these of people that undertake non secular doctrines as literal fact, in addition to those that embody much less literalistic types of faith. while non secular trust has been vital in the past, Kitcher concludes that evolution clear of faith is now crucial. He envisions the successors to non secular lifestyles, the place the senses of identification and neighborhood often fostered through faith will in its place draw on a broader variety of cultural items—those supplied by means of poets, filmmakers, musicians, artists, scientists, and others. With readability and deep perception, Kitcher unearths the ability of secular humanism to motivate satisfying human lives equipped on moral truth.

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