Published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2012.
Praise for the book: http://sacredhumanism.net/praise-for-the-book/
8 Essential Points: http://sacredhumanism.net/8-essential-points/
Roy G. Saltman, the author, is a retired computer scientist. He recalls his first brush with religious dogma: in 1938, when he was six years old and playing on the street with friends, an older boy, in a group just returned from Christian religious instruction, told him that “you killed our God.”
A later incident was also significant: in 1953, while attending MIT studying for a master’s degree in electrical engineering (obtained in 1955), he found in the Graduate House library a book that had a life-altering influence on his thinking. It was an abridged edition of the famous anthropological work The Golden Bough by Scotsman James G. Frazer, first published in 1890. That book demonstrated to him that there were a large variety of ways, many of them by aboriginal peoples, to enrich life with meaning.
Another profound influence was the death and burial of his wife, Joan, in 2008. He was with her every step of her decline from metastasis of breast cancer, and watched her die in front of his eyes. He began his research for this book soon thereafter, and began by reading books published in 2004 through 2007 by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, and Sam Harris, who are collectively designated The New Atheists. The result is thought-provoking, with a viewpoint that, even though the laws of the physical universe are never violated with miracles, religion will continue to serve humans who are aware of their own suffering and ultimate demise.
A concise description of the book is that it examines the problem of finding the sacred within the profane world.