- Taschenbuch: 320 Seiten
- Verlag: Vintage (8. Januar 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0307476820
- ISBN-13: 978-0307476821
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,8 x 20,3 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 624.339 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion (Vintage International) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 8. Januar 2013
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“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)
From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer.
Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent, in his mid-twenties, a crisis of faithlessness. His feelings of doubt about atheism had their origins in listening to Bach's cantatas, were further developed in the presence of certain Bellini Madonnas, and became overwhelming with an introduction to Zen architecture. However, it was not until his father's death -- buried under a Hebrew headstone in a Jewish cemetery because he had intriguingly omitted to make more secular arrangements -- that Alain began to face the full degree of his ambivalence regarding the views of religion that he had dutifully accepted. Why are we presented with the curious choice between either committing to peculiar concepts about immaterial deities or letting go entirely of a host of consoling, subtle and effective rituals and practices for which there is no equivalent in secular society? Why do we bristle at the mention of the word "morality"? Flee from the idea that art should be uplifting, or have an ethical purpose? Why don't we build temples? What mechanisms do we have for expressing gratitude? The challenge that de Botton addresses in his book: how to separate ideas and practices from the religious institutions that have laid claim to them. In Religion for Atheists is an argument to free our soul-related needs from the particular influence of religions, even if it is, paradoxically, the study of religion that will allow us to rediscover and rearticulate those needs. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Taschenbuch.
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de Botton attempts to "read the faiths, primarily Christianity and to a lesser extent Judaism and Buddhism, in the hope of gleaning insights that might be of use within secular life" in support of his "underlying thesis" that while secularism is the ideal path "we have too often secularized badly" (p.17). He provides chapter length explorations of nine areas for consideration: community, kindness, education, tenderness, pessimism, perspective, art, architecture, and institutions. While the development of the topics is uneven (education receives the greatest attention) and the proposals for implementation are idealistic, the work succeeds in providing a better way forward for the non-religious and insight for religious about what one non-religious person finds valuable within the religious domain.
Here is one example from the chapter on community
Secular Problem: In modern cities "we tend to be imprisoned within tribal ghettos based on education, class and profession and may come to view the rest of humanity as an enemy rather than as a sympathetic collection we would aspire to join" (p.23).
Religious Norm: Religions, especially in their worship gatherings, bring together a variety of demographic groups and encourage inter-group socialization.
Secular Possibility: Establish secular Agape Restaurants based on the ideas of the ancient Christian agape feasts. Diners would be seated with those they would otherwise not encounter directly in daily life and be provided a guidebook to assist in directing their conversation.