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Phil Zuckerman on "Pillars of Secular Culture"

The Pillars of Secular Culture: Why Life Without Religion Works so Well 

As the number of non-religious Americans continues to increase, it is important to understand just how life without religion actually works. What are the values secular people live by? How do they raise their kids? Deal with hardship? What are the cardinal virtues, foundational precepts, and cultural norms of secular life? Based on his research among secular Americans, Phil Zuckerman will address these questions, and hopefully spur some lively discussion.

Phil Zuckerman is the author of several books, including Living the Secular Life (Penguin, 2014), Faith No More (Oxford, 2012), and Society Without God(NYU, 2008). He is a professor of sociology at Pitzer College, and the founding chair of the nation’s first secular studies program. He is also an affiliated professor at Claremont Graduate University, and has also spent two years working at the University of Aarhus, in Denmark. He lives in Claremont, California, with his wife and three children.

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  • Nancy and Mike L.

    The talk was very inspiring. His ideas re-enforced our thoughts about a secular world view. We look forward to reading his new book about the 7 Pillars of Secular Culture.

    2 · October 10, 2014

  • Bob V.

    Phil was great. This is just the sort of presentation that I love.

    1 · October 10, 2014

  • Gayle M.

    Was really looking forward to this, but lung function pretty crappy right now....so will have to pass.

    October 8, 2014

    • Brian H.

      Sorry to hear that, Gayle. :(

      October 8, 2014

    • Gayle M.

      Thanks, Brian!

      October 9, 2014

  • Andrea

    I'm going to use Phil's research to fight against pernicious vouchers schools, where taxpayers are paying children to go to religious schools, where the teachers are largely unregulated and unqualified.

    4 · August 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh oh , a chance to feed my Scandimania!

    October 1, 2014

  • Peter W.

    I lived in Aarhus for two years, too, so it will be interesting to meet Phil.

    September 7, 2014

  • Sheila M.

    I really liked his Society Without God, about how the Scandinavian countries work well without religion.

    2 · August 22, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    having read Faith No More I can't wait!

    1 · August 21, 2014

  • Andrea

    I highly recommend this meetup! Not enough people know how dysfunctional (on a majority of over 20 indices of societal functioning) the religious US is compared to its secular peer nations. The 2nd most dysfunctional country? Portugal-the 2nd most religious.

    4 · June 9, 2014

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