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

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

Paperback

Series: Vintage International

PhilosophyAtheism & AgnosticismGeneral Sociology

Publisher Price: $18.00

ISBN10: 0307476820
ISBN13: 9780307476821
Publisher: Vintage
Published: Jan 8 2013
Pages: 320
Weight: 0.66
Height: 0.63 Width: 5.24 Depth: 8.02
Language: English

What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? Alain de Botton's bold and provocative book argues that we can benefit from the wisdom and power of religion--without having to believe in any of it.

He 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. De Botton looks to religion for insights into how to build a sense of community, make relationships last, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, inspire travel, get more out of art, and reconnect with the natural world. For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between swallowing lots of peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. Religion for Atheists offers a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.

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