Religion for Atheists

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

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 145 x 206 x 25mm | 499g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0307379108
  • 9780307379108
  • 66,794

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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!show more
by James Hodson
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