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- DescriptionWhat if religions are neither all true r all nsense? Alain de Botton s bold and provocative book argues that we can benefit from the wisdom and power of religion without having to believe in any of it. He suggests that rather than mocking religion, agstics and atheists should instead steal from it because the world s religions are packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies. De Botton looks to religion for insights into how to build a sense of community, make relationships last, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, inspire travel, get more out of art, and reconnect with the natural world. For too long n-believers have faced a stark choice between swallowing lots of peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. Religion for Atheists offers a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.
- Author BiographyAlain de Botton is the author of essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His best-selling books include How Proust Can Change Your Life, The Art of Travel and The Architecture of Happiness. He lives in London, where he is the founder and chairman of The School of Life (www.theschooloflife.com) and the creative director of Living Architecture (www.living-architecture.co.uk).
- Author(s)Alain De Botton
- PublisherThree Rivers Press
- Date of Publication01/01/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectAlternative Belief Systems
- Series TitleVintage International
- Place of PublicationNew York
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintThree Rivers Press
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight299 g
- Width133 mm
- Height204 mm
- Spine16 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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- hailmook19 Feb, 2013by
Interesting: but not "life-changing".
This is "pop philosophy": a good, interesting premise. I think future writers will build on Mr de Botton's ideas. However,I found the writing rather a "mish-mash". I was disappointed that most of the many illustrations had either a flimsy caption - or none at all. I understand this is an "essay" - rather than a expansive thesis: and, as such, is "tantalising". I was struck by the glaring omission of any reference to Islam: whilst the author is quick to dismiss the "trueness" of Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism. Of course, such reference is not neccessary to illustrate the premise. I suppose Mr de Botton is wise enough to avoid any risk of a "fatwa". I found it a "fun" read. But I wanted MORE of a "call-to-arms" such as the mood of "No Logo". -Shannon Douglas.
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