The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God
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For a Christian, it is faith that gives their life purpose. In his best-selling book The Purpose Driven™ Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?, Rick Warren says, “You must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”
But as a non-believer, your purpose resides in yourself; it is yours alone to discover and develop. It’s about choosing to live your own life for your own reasons. No one can dictate your purpose. You decide.
This book will help you understand and appreciate why freely choosing to help and cooperate with others is the true path to finding purpose. Life does not need purpose: Purpose needs life. To punctuate this point, The Good Atheist includes inspiring biographies of humanity’s true heroes—men and women who did not waste their lives as slaves to a God, but rather found purpose in enhancing life on this Earth for all of us.
novelist, poet, civil rights activist In Anything We Love Can Be Saved, Walker, a self-described “earthling” writes: “All people deserve to worship a God who also worships them. A God that made them, and likes them. That is why Nature, Mother Earth, is such a good choice. Never will Nature require that you cut off some part of your body to please It; never will Mother Earth find anything wrong with your natural way.” In the chapter, “The Only Reason You Want to Go to Heaven Is That You Have Been
of any sort of orthodoxy, religious or secular,” writes Bill Cooke. “He composed very little religious music, in the narrower sense of the term. His most ostensibly religious piece was the Missa solemnis which was ... a hymn to Deism, and evokes the ideal not of humanity managing to qualify for entrance into a distant heaven above, but, in the words of Paul Griffiths, of a ‘sovereign humanity in ultimate concord here on earth.’ ” Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) | composer—best known: Symphonie
‘till his thumbs ached’) he read the materialist philosophers and physiologists whose works were in his physician father’s library—Locke, Cabanis, Gall—and found confirmation for his own disbelief in a personal God,” writes Cairns. When he was 23, his unrequited love for the Irish Shakespearean actress Henrietta Smithson inspired his Symphonie Fantastique. She finally agreed to marry him after she had attended a performance of the Symphonie Fantastique and realized that the work was his depiction
paleoanthropologist who discovered “Lucy,” the Ethiopian australopithecus fossil that is a direct ancestor of humans. During an interview on Freethought Radio, Johanson said: “Religion is a way of making up a myth to explain why we’re here... I’m an atheist, and am very comfortable with that. I’ve never felt the need to believe in some creator-being for this happening.” When Annie Laurie Gaylor asked about the importance of Lucy, he said:The real significance of Lucy is that not only is she a
Kern’s parents were German-Jewish immigrants who had no use for religion. “Their marriage at Temple Emanu-El was the last religious function in either of their lives,” writes biographer Michael Freedland. They gave their son no religious training, and “the Jewish faith, of which he never consciously felt himself a member” was simply social custom. “I don’t let a single day pass without writing something,” he once said, explaining why he worked on the Sabbath and on holidays. “His religion was his