Here’s some news about a new book that I just received in Sam Harris’s newsletter. I guess it’s interesting if you’ve never left the United States. But I don’t think this will surprise anyone who lives in Europe, travels outside the US, or who reads much foreign news.
Contrary to the views of many conservative pundits and the Christian Right, the least religious countries in the world today are not full of chaos and immorality, but are actually among the safest, healthiest, most well-educated, prosperous, ethical, and successful societies on earth. Based on a year’s worth of research conducted while living in Scandinavia,Â Society Without GodÂ by Phil Zuckerman explores life in a largely secular culture, delving into the unique worldviews of secular men and women who live in a largely irreligious society, and explaining the reasons why some nations are less religious than others, and why religious faith doesn’t seem to be the secret to national success that so many claim it to be.Â
“Most Americans are convinced that faith in God is the foundation of civil society.Â Society Without GodÂ reveals this to be nothing more than a well-subscribed, and strangely American, delusion. Even atheists living in the United States will be astonished to discover how unencumbered by religion most Danes and Swedes currently are. This glimpse of an alternate, secular reality is at once humbling and profoundly inspiring–and it comes not a moment too soon.”
-Sam Harris, a Co-Founder of the Reason Project and author of the New York Times best sellersÂ The End of FaithÂ andÂ Letter to a Christian Nation