Religion for Atheists
A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
Alain de Botton
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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 false—but 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 it—because 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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Absolutely life changing
The other two people that left reviews of this book obviously didn't pay attention to what the book was trying to communicate. I have seen this man give a talk at the TED talks and it was brilliant. This book has helped me to see that simply because I find no real validity in the teachings of religion I can still benefit from the centuries of tested methods they have employed to bring peace and happiness into my life. I found the book refreshing and enlightening. It is a very good idea that revolutionizes the entire landscape of the atheistic lifestyle.
Why would anyone in their right mind want to combine the very worst elements of organized religion with atheism?
Misses the mark
What the author doesn't seem to get is that the things he suggests atheists can learn from religion are actually things that can exist/be practiced without religion, and were merely hijacked by the religious.
Pretty terrible book.
His TED talk suffers from the same ignorance.