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    Description"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.


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    Title
    Religion for Atheists
    Subtitle
    A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Alain de Botton
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 320
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 499 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780307379108
    ISBN 10: 0307379108
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.7
    B&T General Subject: 690
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC subject heading:
    Abridged Dewey: 200
    BIC subject category V2: HRQC, VXA
    DC21: 200
    BISAC V2.8: PHI022000
    BIC subject category V2: HRAB
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    DC22: 200
    B&T Approval Code: A13060000
    BISAC V2.8: REL017000, REL051000
    B&T Approval Code: A13220000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    BISAC V2.8: SOC039000
    BIC subject category V2: JFSR
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15290
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: REL004000
    LC classification: BL2776 .D4 2012
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: SEL032000
    Edition statement
    New ed.
    Illustrations note
    illustrations
    Publisher
    Three Rivers Press
    Imprint name
    Three Rivers Press
    Publication date
    03 June 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Alain de Botton is the author of essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His best-selling books include "How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel" and "The Architecture of Happiness." He lives in London, where he is the founder and chairman of The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and the creative director of Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk).
    Review quote
    Praise for "Religion for Atheists" "Highly original and thought-provoking book..... de Botton is a lively, engaging writer."--"Publishers Weekly" starred review "Quirky, often hilarious ...Focusing on just three major faiths -- Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism -- [de Botton] 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 " "One has to appreciate his pluck as much as his lucid, enjoyable arguments, and this book, like his previous titles, is a serious but intellectually wild ride. If anyone can 'rescue some of what is beautiful, touching and wise from all that no longer seems true, ' it's de Botton." -"Miami Herald" "[De Botton] demonstrates his usual urbane, intelligent, and witty prose, always entertaining and worth reading...this book will advance amicable discussion among both believers and disbelievers." "--Library Journal" "His approach, entertaining and enlightening, provides the thoughtful reader with endless enjoyment and an insight into de Botton's beliefs as well as his generous appraisal of the beliefs of others...brings insight and understanding to how religion may enhance the lives of nonbelievers." -Shelf Awareness "In earnest and lyrical prose, de Botton illuminates the practical functions of religion in a secular context...compelling." -"Kansas City Star" "A new book by Alain de Botton is always a treat...De Botton is literate, articulate, knowledgeable, funny and idiosyncratic." -Forbes.com "[De Botton] is a master of the well-heeled, chatty and above all reasonable tone..."Religion for Atheists" is provocative and well-intentioned." -NPR "A wonderfully dangerous and subversive book." -"San Francisco Chronicle " "De Botton writes at his best when he confronts our abiding human frailty...I can't help but wholeheartedly recommend de Botton's new book. It pr
    Table of contents
    Contents I.      Wisdom without Doctrine II.     Community III.    Kindness IV.    Education V.     Tenderness VI.    Pessimism VII.   Perspective VIII.  Art IX.    Architecture X.     Institutions