Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion (Hardback)
  • Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion (Hardback)

Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion (Hardback)

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Hardback Published: 26/01/2012
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Alain de Botton's "Religion for Atheists" looks at the God debate with fresh eyes. All of us, whether religious, agnostic or atheist, are searching for meaning. And in this wise and life-affirming book, non-believer Alain de Botton both rejects the supernatural claims of religion and points out just how many good ideas they sometimes have about how we should live. And he suggests that non-believers can learn and 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 shows us a range of fascinating ideas on a range of topics, including relationships, work, culture, love and death - and that could be of use to all of us, irrespective of whether we do or don't believe. In the "Sunday Times" top-ten bestseller "Religion for Atheists", Alain de Botton takes us one step further than Dawkins and Hitchens have ventured and into a world of ideas beyond the God debate..."A serious and optimistic set of practical ideas that could improve and alter the way we live". (Jeanette Winterson, "The Times"). "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", "The Consolations of Philosophy", "The Architecture of Happiness", "Status Anxiety", "Essays in Love", "A Week at the Airport" and "The Pleasures" and "Sorrows of Work". He lives in London and founded The School of Life and Living Architecture.

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780241144770

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“Thought provoking”

An enjoyable and thought provoking read. Didn't go as far as I had hoped and is written very much for the populist rather than academic audience.

Hardback edition
14th April 2012
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“Mixed Feelings”

This is an enjoyable read. However I finished it without feeling I had learned anything or discovered any new or enlightening ideas. It is a well written lesson on the value of being nice to each other, respecting... More

Hardback edition
5th February 2012
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“Thought provoking and stimulating.”

This is a lucid and entertainingly written book. It succeeds in what it sets out to do which is to have the reader, especially non-believers, think about what religion can do for them. The ideas are put forward with... More

Hardback edition
24th December 2011
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