Grace Without God: The Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Belonging in a Secular Age




Meet “the Nones”—In this thought-provoking exploration of secular America, celebrated journalist Katherine Ozment takes readers on a quest to understand the trends and ramifications of a nation in flight from organized religion.

Studies show that religion makes us happier, healthier and more giving, connecting us to our past and creating tight communal bonds. Most Americans are raised in a religious tradition, but in recent decades many have begun to leave religion, and with it their ancient rituals, mythic narratives, and sense of belonging.

So how do the nonreligious fill the need for ritual, story, community, and, above all, purpose and meaning without the one-stop shop of religion? What do they do with the space left after religion? With Nones swelling to one-fourth of American adults, and more than one-third of those under thirty, these questions have never been more urgent.

Writer, journalist, and secular mother of three Katherine Ozment came face-to-face with the fundamental issue of the Nones when her son asked her the simplest of questions: “what are we?” Unsettled by her reply—“Nothing”—she set out on a journey to find a better answer. She traversed the frontier of American secular life, sought guidance in science and the humanities, talked with noted scholars, and wrestled with her own family’s attempts to find meaning and connection after religion.

Insightful, surprising, and compelling, Grace Without God is both a personal and critical exploration of the many ways nonreligious Americans create their own meaning and purpose in an increasingly secular age.



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Nostalgic Atheist

A guide for non-religious seekers For most people with an interest in the subject this book will be deeply satisfying. Ozment takes us on a journey of learning and discovery as she explores the emerging landscape of secular community in America. She deftly weaves insights from social science in with vivid stories of those she met on the way and her own experience grappling with the longings that the absence of religion has left in her life and that of her family.There is a loose structure to the book. First, she…

Daniel Greenstone

Powerful Message Grounded in Superb Writing and Evocative Stories I loved this book! It’s a gorgeously written, deeply reported look at a barely appreciated phenomenon that is transforming the Western world. As so many people, like me, give up on organized religion, we are left with lots of questions about how to plug the gaps that once were filled by churches and synagogues. Ozment frames these issues beautifully and illustrates them by profiling an amazing cast of characters, who are pioneers in this new world. This book speaks directly to people, like me,…

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