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Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Good Without God
for providing a positive alternative to the extremists
of both religion and atheism - Humanism.

Good Without God
What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe
By Greg M. Epstein

Good Without God (2009) - 250 pages
Good Without God at Amazon.com

An inspiring and provocative exploration of an alternative to traditional religion by the Humanist chaplain at Harvard University.

With the current state of the economy, the ongoing wars that rage across the globe, and the unsettling changes to the earth's climate, questions about the role of God and religion in world affairs have never been more relevant or felt more powerfully. Many of us are searching for a place where we can find not only facts and scientific reason but also hope and the moral courage needed to overcome such challenges. For some, answers to the most challenging questions are found in the divine. For others, including the New Atheists, religion has no place in the world and is, in fact, an "enemy."

But in Good Without God, Greg Epstein presents another, more balanced and inclusive response: Humanism. With a focus on the positive, he highlights humanity's potential for goodness and the ways in which Humanists lead lives of purpose and compassion. Humanism can offer the sense of community we want and often need in good times and bad, as we celebrate marriages and the birth of our children, and as we care for those who are elderly or sick. In short, Humanism teaches us that we can lead good and moral lives without supernaturalism, without higher powers ... without God.

In this constructive response not only to his fellow atheists Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris but also to contemporary religious leaders such as Rick Warren and Jim Wallis, Epstein makes a bold claim for what nonbelievers do share and believe. At a time when the debate about morality rages more fiercely than ever - and when millions are searching for something they can put their faith in - Humanism offers a comfort and hope that affirms our ability to live ethical lives of personal fulfillment, aspiring together for the greater good of all.

Greg M. Epstein holds a B.A. in religion and Chinese, as well as an M.A. in Judaic studies from the University of Michigan and an M.S. in Theological studies from the Harvard Divinity School. In addition to serving as the Humanist chaplain at Harvard University, he is a regular contributor to "On Faith," an online forum on religion produced by Newsweek and the Washington Post, and his work has been featured on National Public Radio and in several national publications.


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Good Without God
What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe
By Greg M. Epstein

Sioux Falls Atheists endorse Good Without God
for providing a positive alternative to the extremists
of both religion and atheism - Humanism.