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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Signal (March 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771025971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771025976
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.7 x 21.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #126,130 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This is a wonderfully provocative book.... De Botton excels at exposing the emptiness of contemporary self-congratulation. He has a fine eye for the senselessness of hypermodern urban life." Globe and Mail

"[De Botton's] thoughtfulness encourages atheists and believers alike to ponder the accrued knowledge and insight that all religions can offer to a troubled world." Vancouver Sun

"A compelling, thought-provoking work." Edmonton Journal

About the Author

ALAIN DE BOTTON was born in 1969 and is the author of non-fiction essays on themes ranging from love and travel to architecture and philosophy. His bestselling books include Essays in Love, How Proust Can Change Your Life,The Architecture of Happiness, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, and A Week at the Airport. He lives in London and founded The School of Life and Living Architecture.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By EVan Bedford on Oct. 17 2013
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de Botton details some of the customs that organized religion has cultivated over the millenia, and he suggests ways in which secular society could become more sustainable by copying them. He looks at everything from community to architecture. And he also does a pretty good job of criticizing libertarianism while he's at it.

In terms of what allows a society to survive, I found that this book (and its readability) ranked right up there with works by Amitai Etzioni, Robert N. Bellah et al, Jared Diamond and Francis Fukuyama.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Wordsworth on Oct. 12 2012
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I'm going to make a suggestion that the best way for an atheist to understand the beauty of a religion is not by reading this book but by reading the primary text of that religion. But I'll admit that it does sometimes require seeing someone with a love for the subject before you can appreciate it yourself. So perhaps Religion for Atheists is useful in that regard. Even so, the textbook formula may address how society can benefit from the ideas of a religion, but it fails to give you that inner understanding of how a religion can be beautiful. For that, you are better off reading The Razor's Edge (Somerset Maugham) or The Life of Pi (Yann Martell). Otherwise, the book is easy to read and comprehensive in the different areas that it inspects.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary Lavers TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 7 2012
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The perfect antidote for devout atheists who think Dawkins and Hutchins are kind of dicks but who don't want to get their spiritual advice from Penn Jillette or Ricky Gervais. Finally, a new voice for the non-confrontational atheist who knows very well that religions aren't handed down by some fictitious Sky Man but who also secretly enjoys singing Christmas carols.

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Disclaimer: I received a digital galley of this book free from the publisher from NetGalley. I was not obliged to write a favourable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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We read and hear so many negative things about religion these days; it was refreshing to read of the many positive influences religions have on daily life. Very thought provoking.
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By Maryam on Oct. 4 2014
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I enjoyed it immensely, particularly the first half. I only found that at times it was redundant . Overall it was a great read.
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