Religion for Atheists

Posted on March 8, 2012 by


I recently came across “Religion for Atheists,” a book by Alain de Botton, in which he explores the idea that committed atheists might still find value in certain aspects of religion.

“One can be left cold by the doctrines of the Christian Trinity and the Buddhist Fivefold Path and yet at the same time be interested in the ways in which religions deliver sermons, promote morality, engender a spirit of community, make use of art and architecture, inspire travels, train minds and encourage gratitude at the beauty of spring.”

“In a world beset by fundamentalists of believing and secular varieties, it must be possible to balance a rejection of religious faith with a selective reverence for religious rituals and concepts.”