"Good Without God" a Breath of Fresh Air (the NPR kind)
Dec. 22, 2009 - Secularism and Humanism will receive some great national media attention this week as Good Without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe (Morrow/HarperCollins), by Harvard Humanist Chaplain Greg Epstein, will be the subject of this Wednesday 12/23's episode of NPR's "Fresh Air" with Terry Gross (see audio clip below), and of a segment on Sunday 12/27's ABC World News with Diane Sawyer. Epstein chairs the Advisory Board of the Secular Student Alliance, a Coalition founding member organization, and the book mentions the Secular Coalition for America in multiple chapters, in addition to featuring stories and information about many of its member organizations including the American Humanist Association, the Society for Humanistic Judaism, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the American Ethical Union.
Good Without God has drawn strong praise from secular commentators as an introduction to Humanism, yet it has also managed to win a very positive response from influential religious leaders who are increasingly admitting they can work with and even learn from the nonreligious. Harvard Professor and Secular Coalition advisor Steven Pinker has said, "Good Without God is not just a brilliant book title but an indispensable and humane ideal. Greg Epstein's wise and warm explanation of the humanist world view goes beyond the recent atheist bestsellers and speaks to the moral and spiritual impulses that have traditionally attracted people to religion." White House advisor and internationally noted Muslim/Interfaith Leader Eboo Patel writes, "In Good Without God, Greg Epstein shows us what it means to cross boundaries, build bridges and work toward a society where people from all backgrounds live in equal dignity and mutual loyalty." American Humanist Association education coordinator Dr. Bhaerman has called the book "absolutely terriffic!," highlighting Epstein’s sense of humor and deeming it "required reading" for all interested in Humanist education.
Good Without God is available at Amazon.com or wherever books are sold. It will make a great gift for those looking to learn more about Humanism and the positive values behind secularism, or to introduce the nontheistic lifestance to more religious friends and family. Let’s take advantage of this moment and show the publishing and media worlds that the story of secular Americans is becoming more and more mainstream!