Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

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Pantheon Books, 2012 - Philosophy - 320 pages
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What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? The long-running and often boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton's inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely falseóbut that it still has some very important things to teach the secular world.

Religion for Atheists suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from itóbecause the world's religions are packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies. Blending deep respect with total impiety, de Botton (a non-believer himself) proposes that we look to religion for insights into how to, among other concerns, build a sense of community, make our relationships last, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, inspire travel and reconnect with the natural world.

For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing some peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. At last, in Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.

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Review: Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

User Review  - Valerie - Goodreads

I've had this book on my to-read list for sometime and finally stumbled across a copy. It has some interesting ideas even if I think the suggestions for what to do with them are somewhat naive. The ... Read full review

Review: Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

User Review  - Robert Bor - Goodreads

This author came warmly recommended by a friend, hence my attempt to delve into his work. Let's assume you're an atheist, like I am. Besides the obvious question whether God exists, you may or may not ... Read full review

About the author (2012)

Alain de Botton is the author of essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His best-selling books include How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel and The Architecture of Happiness. He lives in London, where he is the founder and chairman of The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and the creative director of Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk).

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