How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science
At the beginning of the twentieth century, social scientists predicted that belief in God would decrease by the end of the century because of the secularization of society, but nothing could be further from the truth. Recent polls show that 96% of Americans believe in God. Despite Nietzche's claim that God is dead, He has never been more alive for millions of believers who stand steadfast in their convictions. Why is this? Why are people turning to religion in greater numbers than ever before? Why do people believe in God at all?
In How We Believe, Michael Shermer presents the results of an empirical study in which he asked 10,000 Americans how and why they believe and about details of their faith. How We Believe offers fresh and startling insights into age-old questions and examines:
This edition includes a new introduction by the author that brings readers up to date on recent studies on prayer and healing, on the changing religious attitudes and beliefs of Americans, and on the controversial debate about the relationship of science and religion that continues to grab headlines. Shermer also addresses his critics, both believers and atheists, on why belief or disbelief in God is not a question of evidence but of faith.
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Review: How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of ScienceUser Review - Jim Razinha - Goodreads
I found this fascinating, as I have Shermer's other books. The amount of research he does is amazing. The statistics, while dated, are disturbing and if the election and reelection of George Bush is ... Read full review
Review: How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of ScienceUser Review - Adam - Goodreads
Pros: Shermer uses caution and wields his skepticism with care in this excellent description of the human desire for something to believe in. While he is quick to debunk, he often doesn't beat the ... Read full review