My friend, author Eric Maisel, has written a new book for atheists. Going beyond the previous books that argue against the existence of God and debate the value of religion, Eric’s book is meant to provide a way for atheists to make meaning and find purpose in their lives. Perhaps saying his book is about atheist spirituality is a stretch, but I think that’s a good way to describe it. Instead of focusing on the negatives and framing atheism with what we don’t believe, Eric has focused on the positive aspects of living without gods, and frames atheism with things that we can believe in. Here’s a description of The Atheist’s Way: Living Well Without GodsÂ by Eric Maisel:
The Atheistâ€™s WayÂ answers the question, â€œHow can a person make meaning in a universe that cares nothing about meaning?â€ It is at once an atheist lifestyle guide and a handbook on the practice of making and maintaining personal meaning.
In it, we hear from former believers who have made the journey from belief to atheism, survey thousands of years of atheist traditions, reestablish the primary role of personal responsibility in the realms of ethics and meaning, examine the rewards and challenges of atheism, and discover what is required of each of us if we are to live well without gods.
Eric’s new website to promote the book has just gone live. Please take a moment to check it out and learn more. I’ll be writing a review of the book and interviewing Eric next month as part of his blog book tour.
To keep in the spirit of the New Year celebration, Eric has declared 2009 The Year of Making Meaning. I hope that many of you will join him in his endeavor to bring a positive outlook and uplifting discourse to the atheist life.