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Alain de Botton: "Religion for Atheists"

I have seen him speak on youtube and can't say I totally agree with him, but I do find him interesting.

Alain de Botton has recently made a name for himself by proposing an "atheist temple" in Britain and exchanging heated words indirectly with the likes of PZ Myers and other "firebrand" atheists. He takes the stance that atheists can learn something from the rites and rituals of religion and that the factual truth of religion isn't what should be focused on, but how we can use what religion has developed to bring value to humanity as humanists.

>>>>If you want to carpool post it on the Midwest Skeptics Society site.

Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

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  • Josh H.

    I went in expecting to absolutely disagree with de Botton, and came out, still thinking that his temple idea was dumb, but that his other ideas aren't necessarily so bad.

    March 15, 2012

  • Josh H.

    I agree 100%. I view this more as a "if attendance is high for reasonably high-profile speakers like de Botton, we'll get more speakers in the midwest".

    Plus, if we're lucky, there'll be a good debate between de Botton and the audience. :)

    March 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Personal taste, I don't need any form of religion in my life. traditional celebrations, fine. Dancing naked around a yule log is fun for dancing naked around a yule log, not out of any worship of a sun or son of god.

    But you want a "temple"? Go to the Smithsonian Natural History museum. Go take a chemistry class if you need a sermon. Those things already exist.

    Give a hoot, Don't pollute.
    Keep reality and "temples" separate.
    Mythicists will see this as reality wanting what they have

    March 13, 2012

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