Voices of Reason - Phil Zuckerman: Faith No More
Woolly Mammoth Theatre - Rehearsal Room

Why People Reject Religion

Phil Zuckerman: Faith No More

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The reasons why more and more people are turning away from religion are still poorly understood. In Faith No More, Phil Zuckerman draws on in-depth interviews with people who have left religion to find out what's really behind the process of losing one's faith. According to a 2008 study, so many Americans claim no religion (15%, up from 8% in 1990) that this category now outranks every other religious group except Catholics and Baptists. Exploring the deeper stories within such survey data, Zuckerman shows that leaving one's faith is a highly personal, complex, and drawn-out process. Zuckerman predicts that this trend toward nonbelief will likely continue and argues that the sooner we recognize that religion is frequently and freely rejected by all sorts of men and women, the sooner our understanding of the human condition will improve.

"Everyone knows, deep down, that there is a conflict between reason and faith-between having good reasons for what one believes and having bad ones. This conflict finds its most poignant expression in the lives of men and women who have lost their belief in God despite their best efforts to maintain it. Faith No More offers a fascinating look at these lives, and at the myriad ways in which thoughtful people can come to their senses." --Sam Harris, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Moral Landscape, Letter to a Christian Nation, and The End of Faith 

Phil Zuckerman is Professor of Sociology at Pitzer College. He is the author of Society without God: What the Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us about Contentment, Atheism and Secularity, and Invitation to the Sociology of Religion.

  • Friends of the Center Admission: Free (Friends of the Center must register) 
  • Friends of the Center Admission + Faith No More book: $22
  • Public Admission: $5 in advance; $7 at the door
  • Public Admission + Faith No More book: $25  

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Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
641 D St NW
(Archives or Judiciary Sq Metro)
Washington, DC 20004
United States

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