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



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www.alaindebotton.comHe is a writer of essayistic books, which refer both to his own experiences and ideas and those of artists, philosophers and thinkers It s a style of writing that has been termed a philosophy of everyday life His first book, Essays in Love titled On Love in the US , minutely analysed the process of falling in and out of love The style of the book was unusual, because it mixed elements of a novel together with reflections and analyses normally found in a piece of non fiction It s a book of which many readers are still fondest.Bibliography Essays In Love 1993 The Romantic Movement 1994 Kiss and Tell 1995 How Proust Can Change Your Life 1997 The Consolations of Philosophy 2000 The Art of Travel 2002 Status Anxiety 2004 The Architecture of Happiness 2006 The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work 2009

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  • Paperback
  • 317 pages
  • Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion
  • Alain de Botton
  • Dutch
  • 21 March 2017
  • 9789045019345

10 thoughts on “Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion

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    With Religion for Atheists, De Botton s intention appears to be to reinvigorate Auguste Comte s project for a new religion of humanity , but seems to think that if atheists steal all the best tools for indoctrination from religious tradition without calling it religion then it s all fine.Chapter one is titled Wisdom without Doctrine, yet one of the most common ideas presented throughout the rest of the book is that atheists should adopt the highly prescriptive approach of religions, which dictate precisely what, when and how we should learn, think, communicate and even eat If that isn t doctrine, I don t know what is.This is a book where papal edicts are seen as a good thing, as they create and ensure uniformity Everyone thinking and doing things the same way because someone in a position of knowledge read power decrees it apparently trumps the plurality of ideas and practices that stem from individual, rational, scientific thinking People thinking for themselves is apparently just too messy How de Botton cannot see that adopting the dogmatic approach of the religio...

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    Hi, my fellow atheists, my name is Alain and I m a Philosopher Hi, Alain Sounds like a fun job You have no idea And when I say my fellow atheists , I include you lot over there who may believe in something in general but don t live actively religious lives Uh, really OK, hi I wanted to talk to you about something I m sure you, as atheists, can relate to You know how life without religious faith is grey, stressful, depressive and focused solely on selfish personal gain And we all agree that the world was better back when nobody was poor and everyone always helped each other out, and that religion in particular catholicism, since they have shiny shiny robes without exception brings out the best in man and would be the perfect basis of society if not for the annoying factual detail that God doesn t exist, am I right Do you need a hug OK, let s start in this end For thousands of years, we invented religions to fill basic needs of community, moral guidelines, inner balance, etc And just because some of us don t believe in God any, those needs don t j...

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    I really like Alain de Botton and his accessible, absorbing approach to philosophy But I really didn t enjoy this book, I m afraid The structure of each chapter the book is very formulaic a Identify a positive aspect of religionb Muse that this is lacking in modern societyc Propose a secular solutionThe majority of his arguments collapse at stage b For example a Churches get strangers talking to one anotherb Restaurants don tc Set up new restaurantsThe problem, of course, is that the assignment of this quality to restaurants is arbitrary There are plenty of secular places and events, from knitting circles to Skeptics in the Pub, where strangers are encouraged to talk and interact I simply don t accept the premise that this is a function of religious society that is absent from secular society Similarly a The church guides us on practical life skillsb Universities teach fact based courses like history, with little regard for life skillsc Change universities curriculaI studied at a university with an Institute for Health and Society and a Campus for Ageing and Vitality I don t accept the premise that universities only offer impractical courses And so it goes on Almost every chapter is built upon one of these illogical leaps and, not only that, but the structure of the book gives little expression to the downsides of t...

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    Religion for Atheists tackles questions of the soul in a secular world As someone for whom religion once structured my worldview I was a Catholic nun for twenty years and have since left religion altogether , I agree with Alain de Botton s analysis that religion has much to offer unbelievers not for its stories of the supernatural, but for its response to genuine human needs through community, art, education, and architecture over millennia.De Botton s prose is lucid and precise The book s use of pho...

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    nsana kendi benimsedi i d nceleri sorgulatan kitaplar seviyorum Atesitler i in Din de biraz yle nsana hem inanc n hem de inan s zl n sorgulat yor Bununla birlikte sek ler ve ya inan s z insanlar b y k dinin m sl manl k hristiyanl k musevilik hangi zelliklerinden faydalanabilir, hangi retilerini kendine ilke edinebilir ve bunlar niye yapmal bunlardan bahsediyor Alain de Botton Bunu yaparken de ne dinleri sert e ele tiriyor...

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    This book made me think of an essay I read a while ago by a fellow named Morozov about the market for pop nonfiction which has arisen to satisfy the demands of TED Talks He found Hybrid Reality to be a string of absurdities, cloaked in irrelevant factoids and incorrectly applied buzzwords his critique of their book seems to me equally applicable to Religion for Atheists Botton writes with the meandering fatuousness of a man who doesn t have much to say about much but would like be thought a Thinker and rewarded with speaking engagements His arguments are unsubstantial, and when he seems to be coming close to actually saying something, he throws out a red herring and runs off in pursuit It was thus very amusing to me to find out that he did a TED Talk about this book almost immediately after it was released.The most cringe inducing example of this has got to be Chapter VII, Perspective He says that Job should be an important text for atheists He recaps the plot of the Book of Job, quotes from it, and gives a cursory summation of its implications We then jump to talking about Spinoza He concludes this section by saying, Our secular world is lacking in the sorts of rituals that might put us gently in our place Which al...

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    This book is written by an atheist for atheists The author bases his comments on the premise that supernatural claims of religion are false, but that religion still has many things to teach the secular world The author, de Botton, in the book s introduction recounts that he grew up in an atheistic family environment I suspect that gives him the freedom to study the merits of religion free from a personal history of rejecting childhood religious teachings He thus is perhaps able to objectively search the field of religion for insights into how they can build a sense of community, make our relationships last, overcome envy, survive feelings of inadequacy, and reconnect with the natural world.The following chapter titles indicate the areas of human endeavor that the book examines 1 Wisdom without Doctrine, 2 Community, 3 Kindness, 4 Education, 5 Tenderness, 6 Pessimism, 7 Perspective, 8 Art, 9 Architecture, and 10 Institutions This book comes across much as an extended essay that is probably not all that convincing to dedicated atheists However, those readers who truely appreciate the merits of poetry, music, art, literature, and study of history will be the individuals most likely to comprehend the message of this book That is because those are the people who can ...

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    Alain de Botton suggests that if you are an atheist with an open mind, you may still see some benefits of religion It may be possible to construct a humanist religion, as suggested by Auguste Comte that lacks faith in a supernatural being but supplies some very real benefits of organized religions In particular, de Botton looks closely at Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism He shows how these religions are ideally organized to attract members, and that atheists can learn from these structured organizations.What are these benefits A most important benefit would be a sense of community A church synagogue temple acts or at least, should act as a gathering place where people are welcomed, even strangers A sense of belonging is nurtured, without degrading those people who choose not to belong, the others In contrast to fundamentalists, de Botton s approach requires a large degree of tolerance Another benefit is to learn how to cope with pain, suffering, and strong emotions Such coping skills are possible even without belief in a supernatural being, or in a predestined plan De Botton is not interested in defending religious beliefs or atheism He certainly does not try to prove or disprove the existence of a su...

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    Religion for Atheists A Non Believer s Guide to the Uses of Religion by Alain de Botton is one of the most horrible, annoying, anti atheist book I have ever read and de Botton is an atheist or so he claims I suspect he is a secret Christian Throughout this book, de Botton reveals himself to be a smug upper class Brit with nothing but disdain for people in general I find it unbelievable that he is an atheist because the whole premise of this book is based on the most egregious misconception about atheists we are incapable of compassion, kindness, morality, ethics and spirituality due to our inability to believe in miracles, gods, angels and other magical creatures and magical thinking Because of this, he posits that we atheists should and must adopt certain guidelines from religion in order to bring back those missing qualities into our secular lives minus the gods The book is divided into ten chapters which cover the areas of secular life that de Botton insists should be restructured to be meaningful Although I found this book to be incredibly offensive to the intelligent reader at every turn of the page, I will address only what I found most troubling Here is a summary of de Botton s consistent problems a Over generalization De Botton over generalizes

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