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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #102,089 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce Warren on Sept. 14 2014
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Religion for Atheists had some
decent ideas and observations, but lacked the impact of The Art of Travel and The Consolations of Philosophy. I expected more and cannot recommend it.
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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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