The Reed Secular Alliance is excited to announce that Phil Zuckerman, the author of “Society Without God” and contributor to the Huffington Post, has been rescheduled for this coming Friday. Come listen to his talk “Faith No More”! The lecture is on Friday, April 22, 2011, at 5 pm in the Psychology Auditorium at Reed College. The room is also known as Psychology 105. For directions, go to http://www.reed.edu and look at the map.
During his 2009 inaugural speech, President Obama described the United States as a nation of “Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus—and nonbelievers.” It was the first time an American president had acknowledged the existence of this rapidly growing segment of the population in such a public forum. Indeed, so many Americans claim no religion (16%, up from 8% in 1990) that this category now outranks every other religious group except Catholics and Baptists.
And yet the reasons why more and more Americans are turning away from religion are still poorly understood. Based on in-depth interviews with nearly ninety people who have left religion, Zuckerman discusses what’s really behind the process of losing one’s faith. He shows that rejecting religion is a highly personal, complex, and drawn-out process. And rather than the cliche of the angry, nihilistic atheist, apostates are life-affirming, courageous, highly intelligent and inquisitive, and deeply moral individuals.
Phil Zuckerman has an impressive resume, including a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Oregon in 1998. He is currently a professor of sociology at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, where he teaches courses in religion, secularity, and social theory. He is also a regular visiting professor at the University of Aarhus, in Denmark.
He is the author of several books, including Faith No More: How and Why People Reject Religion (Oxford, 2011), Society Without God (NYU, 2008) and Invitation to the Sociology of Religion (Routledge, 2003), and the editor of several books, including Atheism and Secularity (Praeger, 2009) and The Social Theory of W.E.B. Du Bois (Pine Forge, 2004). He has also written numerous essays and articles, and is a regular contributor to Free Inquiry and Huffington Post. He lives in Claremont, California, with his wife and three children. His favorite Beatles album is “Revolver.”