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Atheism has finally found its spiritual leader - Quartz


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But there may be a parting of the waters. Last week author and neuroscientist Sam Harris’s Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality without Religion was published. Harris is one of the so-called four horsemen of new atheism, along with Hitchens, Dawkins, and philosopher Daniel Dennett. Though Harris doesn’t believe in a supreme power, he is advocating for spirituality, “boundless love” and a belief that “there is more to understanding the human condition than science and secular culture generally admit.”

Waking Up could be called a self-help book for atheists. Not that Harris would want us to do that; he doesn’t run with the touchy-feely crowd. Nevertheless, he’s writing for an audience (myself included) that needs some gentle guidance. We’re talking about a group of people who are primarily skeptics, fiercely individualistic, and mostly non-joiners—those who identify themselves by what they don’t believe in. This is not a crowd that easily rallies around any person or precept. About 10 years ago, an attempt was made amongst some atheists to embrace the label “The Brights,” but it didn’t have legs.

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According to a 2012 report by Pew Research Center, between the 1970s and the early 1990s, the number of Americans with no ties to religion remained under 10%. But in the 1990s, that number began to rise, until 2012, when it had more than doubled, to 20%. These people claim no religious affiliation and have been categorized as “nones.” Included in this figure are 2.4% of Americans who call themselves atheists.

It's good to see an intelligent, loving version of atheism.

Still, a sect of atheism would be a lot more popular if it had decent holidays.

steal all the pagan/secular-adopted-from-Christian holidays?  cyber monday? 

That's a good start. Atheism should have MORE holidays than anyone else. 

That will make more people eager to be atheists. More time off!

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