WE OF LITTLE FAITH
Does godlessness go with the good life?
Society without God:
What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment
by Phil Zuckerman
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For all the wild exertions of fundamentalist and atheist chest beaters the world over, God seems to be on hold for much of the West. As religion threatens to plunge the twenty-first century into a reprisal of the seventeenth century’s Thirty Years’ War, it is tempting to smite the thing altogether, as many intellectuals sought to during the Enlightenment. But where would that leave us, not only culturally but in terms of “truthiness”? That recently coined term reveals much about our uneasiness and the gallows humor that helps conceal it during these unmoored times.
We could turn to Denmark, with sociologist Phil Zuckerman, who conducted an ethnographic survey of the most secular—and, apparently, most “happy”—society on earth for his new book, Society Without God. Statistics bear out the relative godlessness of
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