Alain de Botton on Atheism 2.0 but will it replace Secular Humanism? (yes)


What aspects of religion should atheists respectfully adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a “religion for atheists” and call it Atheism 2.0 that incorporates religious traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.

Alain de Botton turned in 1997 away from writing novels and instead wrote a touching extended essay titled: “How Proust Can Change Your Life”, which became an unlikely blockbuster in the “self-help”category. His subsequent books take on some of the fundamental worries of modern life (am I happy? where exactly do I stand?), informed by his deep reading in philosophy and by a novelist’s eye for small, perfect moments. His newest book is The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work.

In 2008, Alain de Botton helped start the School of Life in London, a social enterprise determined to make learning and therapy relevant in today’s uptight culture. His goal is to help clients learn “how to live wisely and well.”

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Alain de Botton on Atheism 2.0

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