If you want to find out how non-religious people deal with tragedy, death and suffering, one good method is to simply ask them. This is one approach sociologist Phil Zuckerman uses in his wonderful new book, Living the Secular Life, New Answers to Old Questions. Zuckerman is my guest today, and we discuss this recent publication, which was just released at the beginning of this month. Zuckerman is a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College in Claremont, California. He is the author of Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion (2011), and Society Without God (2008). In 2011 Zuckerman founded an interdisciplinary Department of Secular Studies at Pitzer College, the first in the nation. In his new book Zuckerman weaves numerous interviews of secular people into compelling narratives of life, death, morality and meaning. He combines these interesting anecdotes with the latest sociological studies and data to provide a fascinating view of the irreligious in modern society.
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