The boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved on by Alain de Botton's inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are of course entirely false - and yet that religions still have important things to teach the secular world. Rather than mocking religions, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from them - because they're packed with good ideas on how we live and arrange our societies.
Blending deep respect with total impiety, de Botton (a non-believer) proposes that we should look to religions for insights into how to build a sense of community, make our relationships last, get more out of art, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, and much more.
For too long, non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing peculiar doctrines or doing away with consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. At last Alain de Botton has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.
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Downloaded it this morning and after my ititial disappointment that once again Alain is not reading it himself - yes I know it tells you but I was too excited and forgot to check, however the book is turning out really well only at chapter 7 but really enjoying it.
As good as Kris Dyer is, sadly he is not Alain de Botton who wrote the book and has the most amazing voice and delivery. So I plead that in the future Alain reads his own stuff - apologies Kris.