Alain de botton religion for atheists pdf
Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believers Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de BottonWhat if religions are neither all true or all nonsense? The boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved on by Alains inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are of course entirely false – and yet that religions still have some very important things to teach the secular world.
Religion for Atheists suggests that rather than mocking religions, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from them – because theyre packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies. Blending deep respect with total impiety, Alain (a non-believer himself) proposes that we should look to religions for insights into, among other concerns, how to:
- build a sense of community
- make our relationships last
- overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy
- escape the twenty-four hour media
- go travelling
- get more out of art, architecture and music
- and create new businesses designed to address our emotional needs.
For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing lots of peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. At last, in Religion for Atheists, Alain has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.
Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
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Religion for Atheists: A non-believer's guide to the uses of religion is a book by Alain de Botton published in It argues that while supernatural claims made by religion are false, some aspects of religion are still useful and can be applied in secular life and society. Religion for Atheists was a New York Times non-fiction bestseller, and has been widely reviewed, with mixed results. Religion for Atheists has a general format in which de Botton describes a problem in society, discusses how religions particularly Christianity , Judaism and Buddhism have attempted to solve this problem, and proposes secular alternatives. Religion for Atheists particularly pays attention to the way religions draw people's minds to ideas through annual ceremonies and rituals such as Christmas or the Day of Atonement. Religion for Atheists asserts that religions know that people are fundamentally children, in need of comforting and repeated guidance on how to live. In an interview with New Scientist, de Botton stated his aim for atheists reading the book: "I want to make sure atheists are deriving some of the benefits of religion.