Many of us find ourselves in the odd situation of not believing in religion—but nevertheless being interested in having a spiritual life. We may enjoy religious art and architecture, music, and community, and even some of the rituals—while being unable to believe in divine commandments or the existence of a higher being.
This book is about those feelings and what we might do about them. The School of Life is a secular organization fascinated by the gaps left in modern society by the gradual disappearance of religion. We’re interested in how hard it is to find a sense of community, how rituals are dying out, and how much we sometimes crave the solemn quiet you find in religious buildings, as well as the comfort offered by the belief in a deity.
This book lays out how we might absorb the best lessons of religion, update them for our times and incorporate them into our daily lives and societies—without taking on the theological or doctrinal elements. This book tries to rescue some of what remains wise and useful from all that no longer seems (to many of us) to be quite true.
I: Introduction: The Death of God
II. The Ills of Modernity
VII. The Priestly Function