What You Don't Know About Religion (but Should)

  • June 7, 2013 · 8:00 PM
  • Robert Ahrens' home

What You Don't Know About Religion (but Should)is the title of a new book by Ryan Cragun, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Tampa, Florida.  We are pleased to have him in our area to discuss his book at the time and place for our normal monthly Rockville Discussion Group.  The Table of Contents for this book is include after the standard information on meeting details.

     Robert Ahrens as usual will be hosting this meeting. The meeting will start at 8 pm. People may arrive as early as 7:30 so that we can actually start at 8 pm. Please bring a small contribution of food and/or drink to be shared with the group. The home is in Rockville near Viers Mill and Aspen Hill Road. Transport to and from the Twinbrook Metro stop can be arranged if needed.

    Mr Ahrens address and phone numbers are not posted here to preserve the privacy of his home. Those details will be emailed the week of the meeting to those who are coming (see note below). Affirmative RSVPs should be posted before 8 pm the prior Thursday to allow time to notify all attendees.

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Table of Contents for

What You Don't Know About Religion (but Should)

 

1. Buddhism Is In; Communism Is Out: Defining Religion 17
2. Without Data It May as Well Be Theology: Why Data Matter 22
3. All Babies Are Atheists: Why Belief in a Specific God Is Not Innate 27
4. The Religious Clone Wars: How Most People Become Religious 32
5. Why You Don’t Know Why You’re (Non)Religious:
6. Sunday FSchool: Why Religion and Education Don’t Go Together 50
7. I’ll Be a Monkey’s Cousin: Religion and Science 55
8. All Demons Are from Hollywood:
9. God Owns Your Uterus: Religion and the Right to Choose 66
10. Marry Now, Stay Forever: Why Religions Are “Pro-Family” 72
11. Multiply and Replenish the Pews:
12. Spare the Rod? Not with God!: Parenting and Religion 86
13. There Are No Atheists in. . . Prison Cells?!?: Religion and Crime 92
14. Moral Development—Win for Atheists; Moral Behavior—Draw 97

15. If You’re Humble and You Know It. . . : Religion and Arrogance 102
16. ’Cause Jesus Has a Penis: Religion and Gender (In)equality 109
17. Love Your Neighbor, Except When He’s. . . : Religion and Prejudice 115
18. The Sigh of the Oppressed Creature: Religion and Money 122
19. We’re Not Here to Serve the Earth Religion and Environmentalism 128
20. I’d Like to Buy the World a Joint: Religion and Politics 134
21. Where Would Jesus Volunteer?: Religion and Charitable Acts 139
22. I Kill. You Kill. We All Kill.: Religion and Violence 144
23. The Happiness Delusion: Religion and Mental Well-Being 152
24. Sleep in on Sunday: Religion and Health 157
25. Who’s Better at Dying?: Religion and Coping 165
26. The End is Near-ish: Declining Religiosity 169
27. Taking Off the Training Wheels: Alternatives to Religion 179
28. The Final Judgment: Who Will Inherit the Earth? 186
Appendix: Methodological Notes 193
Notes 202
Bibliography 233
Index 261
About the Author 277

 

 

 

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  • Don W.

    Yes, the small portion of the book that Ryan shared was very statistically informative. The book itself reflects that that very data rich style that Ryan brought to our discussion. He is emerging as our premier researcher in this area, a true treasure to our cause.

    June 8, 2013

  • Sam

    Very Informative and statistically enriched!!

    June 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys! Sorry to miss this...just found out that I'm moving further south toward Quantico...making arrangements for that.

    June 7, 2013

  • Mary

    Sorry, not feeling up to it. Hopefully next time!

    June 7, 2013

  • Mary O.

    Hi. Are there transportation arrangements from Twinbrook metro. Pls email me at [masked]. Also please email me the address. Thank you

    June 7, 2013

  • Mary

    I am not 100% positive that I will be able to attend as I have a chronic pain disorder and never know how I am going to be feeling from day to day, but I would really like to and I very much hope to be able to!

    June 7, 2013

  • Michael

    thanks

    June 6, 2013

  • Don W.

    We have meetings in DC and Virginia also. You can look at past meetups to see our history. We will have a DC picnic on the 16th.

    June 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to come to this one. The location is just not workable for me. Are all the group meet ups at the same place?

    June 6, 2013

  • Sam

    Hello: My name is Sam and I am willing to join the upcoming Atheist meet up discussion Friday June 07 near Viers Mill & Aspen Hill Road. I can't drive without a GPS therefore, I need the address to make there on time. My e-mail address: [masked]
    Thanks and Regards, Sam.

    June 5, 2013

  • Sam

    I will attend to learn more about

    June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to this talk and to this book release.

    May 20, 2013

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