Becoming Atheist: Humanism and the Secular West by Callum G. BrownBecoming Atheist: Humanism and the Secular West by Callum G. Brown

Becoming Atheist: Humanism and the Secular West

byCallum G. Brown

Hardcover | January 12, 2017

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The Western World is becoming atheist. In the space of three generations churchgoing and religious belief have become alien to millions. We are in the midst of one of humankind's great cultural changes. How has this happened? Becoming Atheist explores how people of the sixties' generation have come to live their lives as if there is no God. It tells the life narratives of those from Britain, Western Europe, the United States and Canada who came from Christian, Jewish and other backgrounds to be without faith. Based on interviews with 85 people born in 18 countries, Callum Brown shows how gender, ethnicity and childhood shape how individuals lose religion. This book moves from statistical and broad cultural analysis to use frank, humorous and sometimes harrowing personal testimony. Becoming Atheist exposes people's role in renegotiating their own identities, and fashioning a secular and humanist culture for the Western world.
Callum G. Brown is Professor of Late Modern European History at the University of Glasgow, UK. He is author of The Death of Christian Britain: Understanding Secularisation 1800-2000 (2nd edition 2009) and Religion and the Demographic Revolution: Women and Secularisation in Canada, UK, Ireland and USA since the 1960s (2012).
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Title:Becoming Atheist: Humanism and the Secular WestFormat:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:January 12, 2017Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements 1. Introduction 2. Narratives of Belief and Unbelief 3. The Atheist Child 4. The Silent and Indifferent Atheist 5. Women, Feminism and Becoming Faithless 6. Men, Reason and Radicalism 7. Atheism and Ethnicity 8. The Humanist Condition Sources Index

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This will be a useful resource for those interested in secularism and humanism.