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Thoughtful, Honest, and Well Written.
on November 29, 2013
As a Christian minister, I read this book looking for an understanding of secular humanism., and I found that the author does a fine job of articulating a philosophy of life without reference to God. Most of the other atheists/agnostics I have read are so busy attacking fundamentalism that they spend no effort to develop a positive philosophy of their own. Professor Aronson begins by addressing the question of how to be thankful without a religious world view. He properly recognizes that life without thankfulness loses much of its richness and joy. He also addresses how to be moral, how to face death, and how to find hope in times of struggle. He has the most difficulty with the issue of hope, saying that we find hope in a blind determination to keep going. To me, he seems to be saying that if you are strong enough to find hope in times of heartache and despair, then you will be okay, but if not, too bad. His philosophy, therefore, is only for the strong. The Christian Faith, however, can work both for persons who are weak and for persons who are strong. The strong find challenges that stretch them to their limits, and the weak find compassion and love to help them overcome challenges that would be beyond them. In any event, Living Without God is a thoughtful, honest, and well-written book.