Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Good for the godless

Ron Aronson, a professor at Wayne State University and a friend of our family, recently published a book titled Living Without God: New Directions for Atheists, Agnostics, Secularists, and the Undecided. Now the Metro Times, Detroit's leading weekly paper, has made it (and him) the subject of a cover story. Makes for interesting reading, especially when Aronson notes the gap between the notion that most Americans are religious and the reality:
In a massive Pew Poll, when people were asked, "Where do you primarily get your morality from" — and they are given a list of areas that includes religion, daily life experience, reasoning, philosophy, science to choose from — only 29 percent of Americans overall say they get their morality from religion. Only 29 percent! That's astounding. What it means is that more than two-thirds of Americans have a secular morality.

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