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How and Why People Reject Religion

Phil Zuckerman

in Faith No More

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199740017
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199918690 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740017.003.0011
How and Why People Reject Religion

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A thorough summing up of how and why people reject religion. The key reasons are presented and discussed. They include education; misfortune; other cultures or religions; friends, colleagues, and lovers; politics; sex and sexuality; Satan and hell; the malfeasance of religious associates, and others. A theoretical discussion follows, considering the ways in which reasons may not be objective causes, what a sociological theory of apostasy entails, and discussion of the possibility that secularity may have an innate or natural component.

Keywords: apostasy; reasons; causes; sociological theory

Chapter.  6416 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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