Phil Zuckerman (2009) in the article “Atheism, secularity, and well-being: How the findings of social science counter negative stereotypes and assumptions” gives an overview of how the people who don’t believe in the existence of God and atheism are related with the well being of the society. Different researches show that people have unfavorable opinions about atheists with only a small percentage being aware of their positive contribution. Using the social science perspective, Zuckerman (2009) confirms that atheism and secularity have positive correlates in the society.
In this article Zuckerman (2009) presents a comprehensive review of research findings to clearly outline the constructive position of the atheists in the society. Statistics indicate that there is about 750 million and above atheist in the world which is a substantial figure. The research shows that there is a low population of atheists in underdeveloped countries which means to a given point the perceived norm has a significant contribution to the development. Atheists are regarded to have other strong beliefs that encourage them not to be racists and authoritarians which are societal virtues.
Social science shows that secular people have good moral conducts that the religious thus they are in a position to maintain social order. Zuckerman (2009) remarks that despite the association of secularity with negative moods, countries with a high number of atheists show high statistics of happiness. Despite public negativity on atheism, this article brings forth a definite point of view, and it’s meaning in social life.
Zuckerman (2009) discussed a very critical topic and using a wide array of literature resources presented clear data supported by facts on atheism and secularity in the society. In the course of analysis, he was very clear, and the arguments were not biased as he considered the contribution of opposing opinions in shaping a rational point of view. There was a concise review of how religion and atheism apply to all ages and genders. Men are likely to be more irreligious as compared to women and many atheists tend to be young. However, Zuckerman was not very clear with the religious background that is mostly associated with atheism by either referring to Islam, Christianity and Hinduism religions among others.
This article presented a critical view of the social science on atheism and secularity and created the understanding of the positive constructs as compared to the religious front. There is high societal prejudice that negatively presents atheists. Results indicate that countries with high atheist population are likely to record a high number of responsible social behaviors as compared to the religious counterparts. Using the social science Zuckerman (2009) demonstrated the positive motives of atheists and secular people in relation to societal and personal imaginations contrary to the religious opinions.