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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Enjoyable Book, December 17, 2011
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This review is from: Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion (Kindle Edition)
Faith No More: Why People Reject Religion by Phil Zuckerman

"Faith No More" is a social study of why people have rejected religion. Social scientist Phil Zuckerman conducts a series of in-depth interviews from apostates of all walks of life and makes some interesting predictions. The book is composed of the following ten chapters: 1. Mother Was an Exorcist, 2. Stopped Making Sense, 3. Misfortune, 4. To Be Mormon, or Not to Be, 5. Sex and Secularity, 6. Others, 7. Jail, Food Stamps, and Atheism, 8. The Apostate Worldview, 9. All in the Family?, and 10. How and Why People Reject Religion.

Positives:
1. As accessible a book as you will ever read.
2. Fascinating social study that focuses on why people reject their religion.
3. Thought-provoking questions.
4. Mr. Zuckerman treats his topics with utmost care and respect.
5. An interesting look at the impact religion has on people. Good stuff!
6. The differences between men and women regarding religion.
7. Factors that contribute to the loss of religious beliefs.
8. Interesting interviews and surprising responses.
9. A look at various religious beliefs.
10. The impact of religious beliefs and sexuality...interesting insight.
11. Find out which academic discipline has the highest rate of atheism and why.
12. Find out what factors contribute most to our beliefs.
13. Are atheists more immoral than theists?
14. Interviewees provide wisdom, "When I was a Christian, I remember being motivated by what I thought God wanted...now, I feel like I am good because I've made the decision to be good."
15. The section of "Morality After Religion" is by far the most intellectually rewarding part of this entire book. Kudos.
16. A consensus on what is the worst thing about their loss of faith...
17. The impact of parenting and religious beliefs.
18. The correlation between education and religious beliefs.
19. The author keeps things in perspective. Never attempts to make absolute claims.
20. What religion provides to the masses.
21. Links worked!

Negatives:
1. The book lacked scientific depth. As an example, I want to know what science has to say about homosexuality or at least some references.
2. 87 formal interviews even when well distributed doesn't seem to be an in-depth study but I might be wrong...
3. Not as much wisdom or insight as I was hoping for. Being an atheist myself I am familiar with many of the reasons why one has lost interest in religion but I was expecting more.
4. I don't agree with the notion that "belief in God isn't easy". It seems to me that people believe in "gods" way too easily and find the opposite to be true. Being an atheist in a predominately religious society is in fact tougher.

Overall, I enjoyed this book. It's a page turner of a book and it covers fascinating topics in an accessible manner. I expect mainly atheists and agnostics to read this book but I really believe it would benefit theists most. In other words, everyone should read this book ...I recommend it.

Further suggestions: the excellent "Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment" by the same author, "Why I Became an Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity" and "The Christian Delusion: Why Faith Fails" by John Loftus, "Sense and Goodness Without God: A Defense of Metaphysical Naturalism" and "Why I'm Not a Christian" by Richard Carrier, "Man Made God: A Collection of Essays" by Barbara G. Walker, "The Invention of the Jewish People" by Shlomo Sand, "The Portable Atheist: Essential Readings for the Nonbeliever" by Christopher Hitchens, "Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists" by Dan Barker, "Christian No More: On Leaving Christianity, Debunking Christianity, And Embracing Atheism And Freethinking" by Jeffrey Mark, and "The Invention of God: The Natural Origins of Mythology and Religion" by Bill Lauritzen.
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Initial post: Apr 9, 2015 6:00:59 PM PDT
Wow, great review...thanks ! :-)

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Posted on Dec 19, 2015 12:41:00 PM PST
DM says:
The Future of World Religions: Population Growth Projections, 2010-2050
http://www.pewforum.org/2015/04/02/religious-projections-2010-2050/

" In 2010, censuses and surveys indicate, there were about 1.1 billion atheists, agnostics and people who do not identify with any particular religion.5 By 2050, the unaffiliated population is expected to exceed 1.2 billion. But, as a share of all the people in the world, those with no religious affiliation are projected to DECLINE from 16% in 2010 to 13% by the middle of this century."

"Between 2010 and 2050, the world's total population is expected to rise to 9.3 billion, a 35% increase. Over that same period, Muslims - a comparatively youthful population with high fertility rates - are projected to increase by 73%. The number of Christians also is projected to rise, but more slowly, at about the same rate (35%) as the global population overall."
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