Religion for Atheists - Alain de Botton

Religion for Atheists

By Alain de Botton

  • Release Date: 2012-03-06
  • Genre: Philosophy
Score: 3
From 131 Ratings


What if religions are neither all true nor all nonsense? The long-running and often boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved forward by Alain de Botton’s inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false—but that it still has some very important things to teach the secular world.
Religion for Atheists suggests that rather than mocking religion, agnostics 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. Blending deep respect with total impiety, de Botton (a non-believer himself) proposes that we look to religion for insights into how to, among other concerns, build a sense of community, make our relationships last, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, inspire travel and reconnect with the natural world.
For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing some peculiar doctrines or doing away with a range of consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. At last, in Religion for Atheists, Alain de Botton has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.


  • excellent

    By NMW2
    This book is thought-provoking, challenging, intelligent, funny, and posits the notion that even for atheists, there are aspects of religion that are worthwhile, indeed necessary, for our development as conscious, well-balanced beings. De Botton is one of the most interesting and important of contemporary philosophers.
  • Absolutely life changing

    By Lycanlord
    The other two people that left reviews of this book obviously didn't pay attention to what the book was trying to communicate. I have seen this man give a talk at the TED talks and it was brilliant. This book has helped me to see that simply because I find no real validity in the teachings of religion I can still benefit from the centuries of tested methods they have employed to bring peace and happiness into my life. I found the book refreshing and enlightening. It is a very good idea that revolutionizes the entire landscape of the atheistic lifestyle.
  • Waste of my time...

    By bumpee
    See above
  • Lacks Substance

    By Brad Hesse
    Why would anyone in their right mind want to combine the very worst elements of organized religion with atheism?