I can spend many a day, week, even months, not pondering my religious (or otherwise) belief/s.
Then something strikes me and I wonder whether I’m an atheist. Or an agnostic. Or both? Can you be both?
If I picked up Stephens' book hoping for an answer, I didn’t really find it. At least, not to what I am. What I did find was a compelling exploration of the history of non-believers and their contribution to science, philosophy, society… Little things like that.
It did make me question what I believe in instead.
If there is no heaven – what is there. On that note, Stephens looks at why atheists can still be moralists, without the influence of a God and His – or Her – teachings.
Well worth an exploration. And, I’m still not sure what label I give myself.
Title: Imagine there's no heaven: how atheism helped create the modern world.
Author: Mitchell Stephens.
Recommended by Annie C, Helensville Library.
Annie C is a voracious and versatile reader, but her habitual reads are fantasy, romance, and a diverse selection of non-fiction subjects.