TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 AT 7PM
WHAT IT MEANS TO BE MORAL
BY PHIL ZUCKERMAN
The author of Living the Secular Life deconstructs the arguments for a morality informed by religion.
In What It Means to Be Moral: Why Religion Is Not Necessary for Living an Ethical Life, Phil Zuckerman argues that morality does not come from God. Rather, it comes from us: our brains, our evolutionary past, our ongoing cultural development, our social experiences, and our ability to reason, reflect, and be sensitive to the suffering of others.
By deconstructing religious arguments for God-based morality and guiding readers through the premises and promises of secular morality, Zuckerman argues that the major challenges facing the world today―from global warming and growing inequality to religious support for unethical political policies to gun violence and terrorism―are best approached from a nonreligious ethical framework. In short, we need to look to our fellow humans and within ourselves for moral progress and ethical action.
"Thoughtful perspective on humans' capacity for moral behavior."
— Kirkus Reviews
"Sociologist Zuckerman (Society Without God) presents a prodigiously well-supported argument against religion . . . A comprehensive introduction to religious skepticism."
— Publisher's Weekly
PHIL ZUCKERMAN is the author of several books, including The Nonreligious, Living the Secular Life, and Society Without God. He is a professor of Sociology at Pitzer College, and the founding chair of the nation’s first Secular Studies program. He lives in Claremont, California, with his wife and three children.
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