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Living Without God

New Directions for Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists, and the Undecided

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August 11, 2009 | Paperback | 6 x 9, 256 Pages | ISBN 9781582435305
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“As a Christian I applaud my Brother Ronald Aronson for his powerful defense of a courageous and compassionate secular worldview.” —Cornel West, author of Democracy Matters

Ronald Aronson has a mission: to demonstrate that a life without religion can be coherent, moral, and committed. In the last few years, the “New Atheists”—Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Richard Dawkins, and Christopher Hitchens—have created a stir by criticizing religion and the belief in God. Aronson moves beyond the discussion of what we should not believe, proposing contemporary answers to Immanuel Kant’s three great questions: What can I know? What ought I to do? What can I hope?

Grounded in the sense that we are deeply dependent and interconnected beings who are rooted in nature, history, society, and the global economy, Living Without God explores the issues of twenty-first-century secularists. Reflecting on such perplexing questions as why we are grateful for life’s gifts, who or what is responsible for inequalities, and how to live in the face of aging and dying, Living Without God is less interested in attacking religion than in developing a positive philosophy for atheists, agnostics, secular humanists, skeptics, and freethinkers.

RONALD ARONSON has taught at Wayne State University since 1968. The author of eight books and co-producer of feature-length documentary films, he is a recognized authority on Jean-Paul Sartre. He lives in Michigan.


“Ronald Aronson demonstrates that atheism represents much more than what one does not believe: that it is the precondition for a generous humanism. The two closing chapters are models of stoicism at its best.” —Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great

“As a Christian I applaud my Brother Ronald Aronson for his powerful defense of a courageous and compassionate secular worldview. He is a religiously musical atheist I admire!” —Cornel West, author of Democracy Matters

“This book is not just for non-believers. All of us are ‘living without God’—at least a loving, personal God. Aronson just shows us how to do it with courage and panache.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

“[Living Without God] brooks no argument with religion as religion, but it challenges how the religious right has warped our politics in recent times.” —Detroit Metro Times

“A first rate humanist scholar, [Aronson is] intent on showing we don’t need belief in god, or in Progress, the Enlightenment substitute, to see us through.” —

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