Religion for Atheists and social entreprenuers

Posted on: 01 August 2012 by Gareth Hargreaves

Philosopher Alain de Botton argues that atheists must be more creative in finding a progressive alternative to religion.

Religion for AtheistsAlain de Botton takes the stage at the RSA, London, to argue that religions have much to offer the secular world.

In this 20 minute film, de Botton asserts that dismissing theology as superstition fails to acknowledge the role faith-based societies have contributed in building our understanding of community, making relationships last, dealing with feelings of envy and inadequacy and also our trade and economic structures. The solution, he argues, is that agnostics and atheists should 'cherry pick' the best bits offered by religions. 

Religion for Atheists - Alain de BottonThe 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.

Religion for Atheists: A non-believer's guide to the uses of religion

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