Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion (Hardback)
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Short Description for Religion for Atheists From the author of "The Consolations of Philosophy" comes a deeply provocative and useful argument about how readers can benefit from the wisdom and power of religion--without having to "believe" in any of it.
- Published: 03 June 2012
- Format: Hardback 320 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780307379108 ISBN 10: 0307379108
- Sales rank: 18,289
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This book certainly does generate many different trains of thought. De Botton starts with the assumption that there is no god: this book is not about the facts of the existence of a god. He then looks at all the things Christianity (and to a lesser extent Judaism, Buddhism and Shinto) got right.
One example is his idea that art galleries are the "secular churches", although he points out that these art galleries do not instruct us on a moral level, and are not imperative, but often passive. A similar idea with learning institutions.
This is not a sweeping comparison of all religions to atheism, not religion-bashing. It's very readable, and positively constructive. Be prepared to think! by James Hodson