Religion Panel – Do Atheists Lack “Spiritual Values?”…


Date: August 06, 2007

01) Religion Panel – Do Atheists Lack “Spiritual Values?”


“A panel of religious experts debates the question of whether or not “spiritual values” can be said to be held by individuals who do not profess a belief in God. This excerpt is taken from a program titled “Religion in U.S. Culture and Society,” and was hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California.

Many studies show that Americans are more religious than people in other Western countries, but battles still rage in the United States over the role of religion in everyday public life.

This panel of religious thinkers comment on the role of faith in transcending individualism and selfishness in a commercial society, on addressing the variety of faiths in our spiritually diverse society, and on religion’s role in education. — The Commonwealth Club

Michael Maudlin is Editorial Director at Harper One San Francisco.

Stephen Prothero is the Chair of the Department of Religion at Boston University and the author of numerous books, most recently Religious Literacy: What Americans Need to Know (HarperSanFrancisco, 2007) and American Jesus: How the Son of God Became a National Icon (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2003).

Rabbi Michael Lerner is a political activist and the editor of Tikkun, a prominent progressive Jewish and interfaith magazine based in Berkeley, California.”

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