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Religion for Atheists: A non-believer's guide to the uses of religion (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 7. Februar 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)y p

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Alain de Botton was born in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1969. He is the author of Essays in Love, The Romantic Movement, Kiss and Tell, How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Consolations of Philosophy, The Art of Travel, Status Anxiety, The Architecture of Happiness, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, A Week at the Airport, Religion for Atheists, How to Think More About Sex, Art as Therapy, and The News: A User's Manual. Alain is a bestselling author in 30 countries. He lives in London, where he runs The School of Life and Living Architecture. Alain de Botton's first novel in nearly two decades, The Course of Love, will be published in April 2016.

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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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4.0 von 5 Sternen A good guide for those who don't believe in miracles but cannot agree religion is complete balderdash 30. Januar 2012
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Alain de Botton's new book "Religion for Atheists" is a bold attempt to convince atheists, or those who don't believe in the existence of God, that it is possible to derive important lessons from religions around the world without accepting any supernatural claims they might make. Mr. de Botton is unequivocal about his atheistic stance, and frankly says that he doesn't believe in any supernatural being or phenomenon. But this atheistic position that many people probably adopt today, he claims, should not prevent them from appreciating the effective ways religions have provided to meet what he calls the needs of souls that tend all too often to be left unattended in our secularized world but remain none the less existent.

Based on this central principle, he refers to various fields ranging from education to architecture and shows us how religions have traditionally interpreted or dealt with the problems typically associated with those fields. For example, we tend to assume that the purpose of education is to impart valuable information. Hence our puzzlement over a university lecture that focuses exclusively on certain obscure literary works of a foreign thinker who died several thousand years ago, however much importance its lecturer argues they have. This kind of situation happens because of the fact that education has forgotten its original mission: to fill the moral vacuum that was left by the ebbing of the influence of religion. Religions used to teach each of its adherents how to find happiness, how to deal with suffering, and how to become a better, mature person---a kind of therapeutic pedagogy, the need for which remains as strong as ever despite the fact that we are now living in a godless, secular world. Mr. de Botton therefore argues that education, especially in the field of humanities, should ideally provide a reasonable substitute.

Another field that he zeros in on is art. Mr. de Botton complains that the high esteem we hold museums in is made almost useless by our nonsensical prejudice that art should be only for its own sake. Religions have used works of art as important tools of reminding us of those qualities that we understand at heart are important but too often forget or fail to act upon, and have had no qualm about admitting art serves a utilitarian purpose, like that of enhancing our happiness or of healing our souls. This attitude is, according to Mr. de Botton, still relevant today, and should influence ways we appreciate works of art.

These considerations, provocative as they may be, are deeply interesting and thought-provoking. Some of his ideas, however, are more controversial. For instance, in a section on the contrast between libertarianism and paternalism, he says religious paternalism used to help people be better than they would have been left to their own devices, whereas libertarianism, in which people are permitted to do whatever they like as long as they are law abiders, leaves people at a loss for where to seek moral guidance. But it is precisely because one's conviction that s/he has an infallible understanding of what is truly good or bad for humanity brought about tremendous bloodshed that our predecessors decided to enshrine the rights of individual freedom. Even if some aspects of paternalism are indeed appealing, it seems to be difficult to let go of the well-cherished principle that every individual is a sovereign over himself.

Another topic some might find unpalatable is his discussion of The Book of Job, which he claims is one of the most consoling texts for atheists. In this biblical story, Job, a wealthy, happy man, experienced a series of grave misfortunes, lost his children, his wealth and even his health. His neighbors said that he must have sinned and been punished, but he was convinced of his innocence and began to doubt the benevolence of God. At this point God admonished him for his haughtiness. Compared with the vastness of the universe and its mysteries, human beings were petty, insignificant creatures, and as such they had no qualification to fathom God's intentions. After this admonition, Job came to realize the pettiness of human life and the nothingness of his own existence. This story, says Mr. de Botton, helps us, like Job, to realize how small and how insignificant our everyday troubles and sorrows are, in comparison with the grandeur of the universe. But if you notice an analogy between what Job experienced and the tsunami that people in the north eastern part of Japan went through last year, Mr. de Botton's argument becomes less convincing. For how many would agree that those who got indignant at the disaster's unfairness were arrogant for presuming to judge what's fair and unfair? How many would say that the disastrous event, which claimed tens of thousands of innocent lives, reminded people of the smallness of their everyday desires and sufferings and the nothingness of their own existence? Very few, indeed.

Notwithstanding these controversial points, this book as a whole is an interesting attempt to add a new dimension to, and therefore stimulate, the otherwise insipid debates between the religious and the non-religious fundamentalists.
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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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3.0 von 5 Sternen Important questions, goofy answers. 11. Januar 2016
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Having heard part of de Botton's talk on TED radio, I hoped for more. As an atheist, I share his attraction to religious art, music and architecture and to some aspects of ritual. He's asking good questions about what some of us secularists find missing in our spiritual lives. But the proposed "secular" alternatives are goofy and sometimes childish, while the description of what traditional religions do for their adherents is staggeringly idealized, as well as willfully blind to the moral and ethical history of organized religion
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wise, Humane ... and Futile 28. Juli 2012
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This books stands markedly outside the norm established by the last wave of books about religion written by atheists (the leading authors including Dawkins, Harris, and Hitchens, inter alia) as it dares to propose that religious belief is not merely a matter of cowed ignorant masses held in awe by superstition, hierarchy, and fear of what may be in the afterlife. Rather, the book argues that religion's long and deep appeal to so many has been because it addresses legitimate and longstanding human needs that science and strict rationality cannot begin to fathom. Alain de Botton argues even further that atheists need to develop practices and institutions - in dining, in education, in art, in architecture, and elsewhere - that speak to these human needs that stand outside of pure reason and science.

So it is not surprising that the book has received something of an adverse reaction from some militant atheists who cannot abide to hear anything favorable said about religious faith and practice. In many ways, I cannot blame that set, as many of them (as have I) have either observed or experienced the tyranny and abuse dished out by fundamentalism and strict orthodoxy. One print review I read, which led me to purchase and read this book, said that the author has actually received death threats (among lesser harsh criticism) over publishing this book. That's so sad, because there is much in this book that I find wise and humane.

The great strength of this book is that it recognizes that religious institutions and belief are far more complex than acknowledged by the normal run of atheistic writers. De Botton, a thorough humanist and philosopher, understands and presents well why religious art, ritual, and architecture meet the needs of human souls at places that science and pure rationality cannot touch: our needs for community, for meaning, for connection, for beauty, and for what Otto Rank calls "the numinous" (de Botton does not invoke this term, but it haunts the entire book, I think). While Hitchens argues that religion spoils everything, and while Dawkins dismisses it as a great delusion, de Botton reminds us that, despite its ills (listed ad nauseum by the militant atheists - the Inquisition, the Crusades, the witch trials, et cetera), there have been many positive ways in which religion has improved and sustained culture. De Botton then suggests that atheists adopt practices like a form of the agape feast in restaurants, a change in museum design to meet the needs of the soul, and a change in educational practices to recognize that the need for self-actualization cannot be sustained by the current semester and syllabus system (to which I say, amen, if that is allowable amongst atheists). Of great interest in this regard is his capstone chapter on "Institutions," which explores how institutions (like the Roman Catholic Church) have a power to spread and enforce faith and doctrine that no individual writer has, no matter how sharp his thinking (Nietzsche, for instance, or Richard Dawkins).

Indeed, the book got me thinking about how some practices of studying sacred texts - like the Benedictine Lectio Divina and the recursive nature of the lectionary - can assist my own work teaching literature and philosophy. As I think of my own experience of a canonical work like Hamlet, I've found that slow, reflective reading, repeated regularly over the years (as well as seeing various performances) has led me gradually into the depths and heights of Shakespeare's masterpiece in a way that my grad school instructors, many of whom were obsessed with literary theory, could never offer me.

But in the end I think De Botton has written this book in vain. The current atheist movement is so hostile to religion and so enamored of the natural sciences as a way of understanding humanity and its place in the cosmos (see, inter alia, Michael Shermer's The Believing Brain, an interesting book to juxtapose with this one) that I cannot see a unified atheist movement even admitting that humanity has the soul-needs to which de Botton points. De Botton all but admits this in his conclusion when he concedes, "a book cannot achieve very much on its own." Times being what they are, that is all too true of this text. When I read about his ideas for an agape restaurant or a layout for an art museum that rejects the historical development of painting and sculpture, I could only think how futile these ideas are, except as thought experiments (which have their value). I'm quite sure none of his ideas will ever see anything beyond micro-scale manifestation.

Yet the author wisely concludes, "Religions are intermittently too useful, effective and intelligent to be abandoned to the religious alone." That, as Hamlet said, would be scanned.

I must end by remarking how well written this book is. Written by a philosopher, it is refreshingly free of cant, pedantry, and pretense - and for a book written by an atheist, it is remarkably tolerant of religious practice and free from the prevailing dogmatism. I found each sentence drawing me on to the next, and to the next, and all was accessible to the educated general reader due to the writer's knack for offering necessary context without laboring it. And I cannot ignore the very sensible and generous provision of illustrations and photographs that enrich the presentation. The entire performance left me with the impression of an author who was tolerant, wise, and humane - and who is worth further exploration.
4.0 von 5 Sternen Clear succinct communication of ideas on where atheism fails in ... 16. August 2016
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Clear succinct communication of ideas on where atheism fails in offering or linking to the fundamental requirements of human beings
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