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Coping without religious faith: ageing among British Humanists

Peter J. Wilkinson and Peter G. Coleman

in Belief and ageing

Published by Policy Press

Published in print July 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424600
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301530 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424600.003.0006
Coping without religious faith: ageing among British Humanists

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This chapter takes a contrasting perspective on coping with loss in old age with a further case study evaluation of those who have rejected religious beliefs but have found ample substitutes in secular and philosophical systems of thought. It examines the origins and character of the alternative meaning systems that they have been able to construct. It assesses a case comparison study of older British Humanists and strong religious believers facing different types of stressful experience in later life. This demonstrates the value of a securely grounded view of life and its meaning, whether spiritual in content or not.

Keywords: religious faith; ageing; British Humanists; secular systems; philosophical systems; later life

Chapter.  7370 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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