"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.
A serious but intellectually wild ride. . . . One has to appreciate his pluck as much as his lucid, enjoyable arguments. "Miami Herald" Commonsensical and insightful. . . . The wealth of knowledge and felicity of phrasing that de Botton brings to his task make for a stimulating read. "Seattle Times" Quirky, often hilarious. . . . Focusing on just three major faiths Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism he makes a convincing case for their ability to create both a sense of community and education that addresses morality and our emotional life. "Washington Post" Compelling. . . beautifully and wittily illustrated. "Los Angeles Times" A wonderfully dangerous and subversive book. "San Francisco Chronicle" A new book by Alain de Botton is always a treat. . . . De Botton is literate, articulate, knowledgeable, funny and idiosyncratic. "Forbes.com" De Botton writes at his best when he confronts our abiding human frailty. . . . If only all writers wrote with such unabashedly kind intentions. "Huffington Post" Provocative and thoughtful. . . . Particularly noteworthy are de Botton s insights on what education and the arts can borrow from the formats and paradigms of religious delivery. "The Atlantic " The eminently quotable de Botton holds forth on the deliberately provocative premise that ancient traditions can solve modern problems. . . . The premise he is testing is a worthy one: The secular world worships consumerism, optimism, and perfection to its doom, and would do well to make room for a little humility, community, and contemplation instead. "Boston Globe" [De Botton] demonstrates his usual urbane, intelligent, and witty prose. . . . This book will advance amicable discussion among both believers and disbelievers. "Library Journal" Highly original and thought-provoking. . . . De Botton is a lively, engaging writer. "Publishers Weekly "(starred review)"
Series: Vintage International
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 8th January 2013
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.37 x 13.31 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.3