How to be more secular: A new book
Religion, it seems, is a big topic.
The latest numbers show that about two-thirds of people in the United States say religion is a problem in their lives, and nearly half of Americans are atheist or agnostic.
But how to talk about it, how to say it, and how to live with it?
The topic of religion and secularity is at the heart of this week’s issue of the journal Trends Journal, a book that aims to help readers explore the topic.
It features interviews with academics and thinkers about how religion can help us, how it can be harmful, and what we can do to live more effectively with our religious identity.
As the title suggests, the book is a conversation between religion scholar Richard Dawkins and his friend, secularist scholar Brian Hare, who are interested in the intersection of religion, philosophy, and science.
The authors say they hope it will help people think about how we can be more religious, not just about religion.
They want to show that, yes, religion can be a powerful force in our lives.
“I’ve spent my whole life trying to get people to understand what religion means to me, and why it’s important,” Dawkins told Newsweek.
“What I’m trying to do is bring the science to the conversation.”
Richard Dawkins speaks to Newsweek at the end of a tour of the Smithsonian.