By Phil Zuckerman
Silver Winner of the 2008 Foreword journal ebook of the yr Award, faith Category
Before he started his contemporary travels, it appeared to Phil Zuckerman as though people everywhere in the globe have been getting faith praising deities, appearing holy rites, and soberly protecting the realm from sin. yet so much citizens of Denmark and Sweden, he discovered, don t worship any god in any respect, don t pray, and don t supply a lot credence to non secular dogma of any variety. rather than being bastions of sin and corruption, besides the fact that, because the Christian correct has recommended a godless society will be, those nations are choked with citizens who ranking on the very most sensible of the happiness index and revel in their fit societies, which boast the various lowest premiums of violent crime on this planet (along with a few of the lowest degrees of corruption), first-class academic structures, powerful economies, well-supported arts, loose healthiness care, egalitarian social rules, notable motorcycle paths, and nice beer.
Zuckerman officially interviewed approximately a hundred and fifty Danes and Swedes of every age and academic backgrounds over the process fourteen months. He used to be rather drawn to the worldviews of people that dwell their lives with out non secular orientation. How do they give thought to and deal with loss of life? Are they anxious approximately an afterlife? What he chanced on is that just about all of his interviewees reside their lives with no a lot worry of the awful Reaper or concerns in regards to the hereafter. This led him to ask yourself how and why it's that definite societies are non-religious in a global that appears to be like marked by way of expanding religiosity. Drawing on well known sociological theories and his personal huge study, Zuckerman ventures a few fascinating answers.
This attention-grabbing technique at once counters the claims of outspoken, conservative American Christians who argue society with out God will be hell on the earth. it will be important, Zuckerman believes, for american citizens to understand that society with no God isn't just attainable, however it could be very civil and delightful. "
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26 Continuing through the story of Book IV, the reader discovers that the celebration of YHWH as king does not appear ex nihilo in Ps 93. “The groundwork for the shift in Psalm 93 has already been established in the general and joyful praises in Psalm 92”27 Psalm 93 continues the reorientation of the people to the sovereignty of YHWH. YHWH is king and creator and superior to chaos and all other gods in this brief hymn, but what of Moses and the Torah? Does Moses continue to play a role in this reorientation?
39 While such an occurrence is not uncommon for psalms without superscriptions,40 it is also possible that something else could be at work here. The shapers of those Hebrew manuscripts may have noticed certain lexical and thematic connections between these psalms. In Psalm 90, Moses praises YHWH as a Nw(m (“refuge”) from generation to generation. 41 Psalm 91 also uses two names for the deity, typically associated with pre-Mosaic religion: yd# and Nwyl(. 43 The faithful in Ps 91 will also find the protection of Yawheh’s “hrb)” or “pinions” (v.
Eaton is correct that the speaker’s enemies and YHWH’s enemies are the same; however, what qualifies them as “enemy” is their character. ” (v 7) “All evildoers shall be scattered” (v 9). 64 With the apparent expression of retributive justice, the classification is likely unavoidable. While the thanksgiving message of the psalm is clear, it is hard not to see a remembrance of Ps 1 in Ps 92:12–15. 65 The psalm is simply a summary of Ps 37 and Ps 73—eventually, the wicked will be destroyed. H. J. ”67 As though aware of a canonical reading of the Psalter, it is also clear to Kraus that this psalm of thanksgiving has come after a time of doubt and struggle.
Society Without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us about Contentment by Phil Zuckerman