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"This is a wonderfully provocative book.... De Botton excels at exposing the emptiness of contemporary self-congratulation. He has a fine eye for the senselessness of hypermodern urban life." Globe and Mail

"[De Botton's] thoughtfulness encourages atheists and believers alike to ponder the accrued knowledge and insight that all religions can offer to a troubled world." Vancouver Sun

"A compelling, thought-provoking work." Edmonton Journal


What if religion is neither all true nor all nonsense? In Religion for Atheists Alain de Botton, the bestselling author of The Consolations of Philosophy, takes us one step further than Dawkins and Hitchens have ventured and into a world of ideas beyond the God debate . . .

All of us, whether religious, agnostic or atheist, are searching for meaning. And in the wise and life-affirming Religion for Atheists, non-believer Alain de Botton suggests that religions, far from being nonsensical as atheists maintain, are instead full of good ideas on how to live.

And that we should steal from them.

Picking and choosing from the thousands of years of advice assembled by the world's great religions to get practical insights on art, community, love, friendship, work, life and death, Alain de Botton will show how each of us may find our place in the world.

For too long people have faced the stark choice of having to either swallow unpalatable doctrine or do without an array of beautiful and life-enhancing rituals and structures. Finally, in Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton suggests an alternative way to live.

'A beautiful, inspiring book . . . offering a glimpse of a more enlightened path' Sunday Telegraph

'Packed with tantalizing goads to thought and playful prompts to action' Independent

'Smart, stimulating, sensitive. A timely and perceptive appreciation of how much wisdom is embodied in religious traditions and how we godless moderns might learn from it' Financial Times

'There isn't a page in this book that doesn't contain a striking idea or a stimulating parallel' Mail on Sunday

'Packed with tantalizing goads to thought and playful prompts to action' Independent

Alain de Botton was born in 1969 and is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His bestselling books include How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel, and The Architecture of Happiness.


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  • Verlag: Penguin; Auflage: 01 (26. Januar 2012)
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The writing is very enjoyable so that one keeps on reading it, even though I cannot agree that "religion" (viewed as a collective phenomenon) does in fact deliver all the benefits claimed by the author. Ideally, of course, it should. So the book is a good reminder to "religious" people too of what they should be providing! to their memebers!

It is a good, thought-provoking read.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Deeply Religions Reader Finds Great Questions and Missed Opportunites 12. September 2015
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As a deeply religious person, I found Religion for Atheists very thought-provoking and stimulating throughout. De Botton has a great sensibility for the larger dimensions of art in particular and knows how to ask some good questions about society, community and the quest for something greater. He voices some great objections to traditional religion that sound very like the ones that ring inside the church. When he says, "...we have allowed religion to claim as it exclusive dominion areas of experience which should rightly belong to all mankind–" it's as if he draws a circle around religion precisely to exclude himself, however. This is the same problem the church faces: how to include those who exclude themselves?

While many of the ideas presented are very intelligent, he shows some painful misunderstandings of some of the fundaments of our culture, like that he finds so little difference between the intentions of corporations and churches, as if the latter are merely the former with better PR. And that the aims of true religious longing are almost diametrically opposed to those of the institutional church are totally lost on him.

Obviously he knows a lot about history and culture but very little about contemporary religion. Like many, (including even some religious people!) he suffers from the assumption that since the words of the scriptures do not change over time, their application and understanding is thus petrified, ignoring centuries of vibrant evolution in religious thought, culture and scope. Like many, he sees scripture and most all religious content as frozen in prehistory. It's pretty clear that he has not yet developed his spiritual sensibilities beyond a vague longing for something greater (this seems close to what I feel minus the fear of church). While he refers to transcendence he doesn't acknowledge what that entails. While he can recognize the emptiness of modern society, he can't quite find the answer. That's not because he is searching in the wrong place but because he has some real fear of some aspects of religion which produces some deep misunderstandings. In one moment he condemns belief in God as non-scientific "superstition" while expressing total unexamined faith in equally unprovable "love". The institution he imagines creating looks to me just like the church but without the name, as if his objection is merely semantic. It's like he objects to bread because he hates what he finds in the store, never imagining that he's perfectly free to make his own.

I'm reminded of theologian John Dominick Crossen's very poignant question to atheists: "Tell me what god it is you don't believe in." Much of the debate about religion happens on a very primitive level since so many on both sides misunderstand the scope of the topic. To object to "religion" without greater clarification is too broad, like objecting to the effect of "politics" on humanity. A little distinction would go a long way. De Botton's vision for an alternative church sounds very similar to the present Catholic one. Though I am Protestant and I'm not sure the Catholics would agree, I'd say we need De Botton inside the church trying to reform it rather than outside throwing stones!
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4.0 von 5 Sternen more loving people--this is the great service that organized religion has done for us over ... 26. Juli 2015
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We can do well without the supernatural, bigoted nonsense from the ancient world. But coming together regularly, in an atmosphere that inspires wonder and transcendence, that reminds us of our fundamental equality and humility before life's uncontrollable forces, understanding and accommodating our childish emotional needs, setting a yearly schedule of salient things to celebrate and remember, delivering life lessons in a way that isn't dry and academic, figuring out how to be healthier, more productive, more loving people--this is the great service that organized religion has done for us over the millennia. Rather than toss it out entirely, we need to adapt it to suit our 21st century needs and values.

On the downside, I found de Botton's writing style to be dry and verbose. If you don't enjoy reading philosophy, this won't help. But the ideas are gold.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen how fascinating! this is a way to use the strengths of religion in secular life 7. Oktober 2014
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I've read several of Mr. De Botton's books. He gets to the point succinctly. There is much to consider in these pages. The problem has been that religion and big corporations have figured out far better than intellectuals and secularists how to draw people to their thoughts. Mr. De Botton suggests we can take much from religion that can help us in living meaningful lives with structure that recognizes the values of ethics, caring and relationships. I need to read more of his books! He has continued to write since my last read!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This Book Finds Common ground. 26. Oktober 2013
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It must be my personality rather than Alain de Botton's style that has captured me in his writing. Or is it his style despite my personality style?

This work gives me another angle to look at the social and emotional glue that Religion has given societies as they flourished. He is able to avoid the obvious polemics of the Fundamentalist both Atheists and those who embrace religious dogma. There is a common ground in understanding the value of religion to spread and then set the social glue for societies. The commonality of Community through to the civilising effect of the arts ivi a the path of religion is well covered.

He doesn't waste the reader's time in attempting to persuade anyone of the existence or non existence of God. He moves right into his exposition in a gentle, kind and delightful personable style.

As a writer on Taoism I found the insights I shared with the writer pleasant and refreshing. Maybe there is an echo there of my own views and attitudes or maybe my views and attitudes have changed as a result of reading this work.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting twist 6. Mai 2014
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I am an atheist who grew up (as much of the U.S. population) deeply immersed in religion. While I gained much value in my initial journey from the New Atheists' attacks on religious superstition, it was refreshing and intriguing to read a very different take on the subject. De Botton makes no apologies for the ills of religion, but he does point out what many atheists seem terrified of admitting - that religion does some things well; It would not have such a grip in modern society if it did not. He examines ways in which a purely secular society might be able to accomplish similar goals without resorting to superstition. While he may or may not have come up with all the answers, it is encouraging that someone is finally even admitting the question. I hope to see more ideas along these lines as we move into the future.
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