No Kindle device required. Download one of the Free Kindle apps to start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, and computer.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Kindle Price: CDN$ 13.99

Save CDN$ 6.00 (30%)

includes free international wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet

These promotions will be applied to this item:

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Deliver to your Kindle or other device

Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion by [De Botton, Alain]
Kindle App Ad

Religion for Atheists: A Non-Believer's Guide to the Uses of Religion Kindle Edition

3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews

See all 13 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
CDN$ 13.99

Length: 320 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled
  • Due to its large file size, this book may take longer to download

Product description

Review

"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

Product Description

From the author of The Architecture of Happiness, a deeply moving meditation on how we can still benefit, without believing, from the wisdom, the beauty, and the consolatory power that religion has to offer.
 
Alain de Botton was brought up in a committedly atheistic household, and though he was powerfully swayed by his parents' views, he underwent, in his mid-twenties, a crisis of faithlessness. His feelings of doubt about atheism had their origins in listening to Bach's cantatas, were further developed in the presence of certain Bellini Madonnas, and became overwhelming with an introduction to Zen architecture. However, it was not until his father's death -- buried under a Hebrew headstone in a Jewish cemetery because he had intriguingly omitted to make more secular arrangements -- that Alain began to face the full degree of his ambivalence regarding the views of religion that he had dutifully accepted. Why are we presented with the curious choice between either committing to peculiar concepts about immaterial deities or letting go entirely of a host of consoling, subtle and effective rituals and practices for which there is no equivalent in secular society? Why do we bristle at the mention of the word "morality"? Flee from the idea that art should be uplifting, or have an ethical purpose? Why don't we build temples? What mechanisms do we have for expressing gratitude? The challenge that de Botton addresses in his book: how to separate ideas and practices from the religious institutions that have laid claim to them. In Religion for Atheists is an argument to free our soul-related needs from the particular influence of religions, even if it is, paradoxically, the study of religion that will allow us to rediscover and rearticulate those needs.


From the Hardcover edition.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 19977 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Signal (March 6 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House Canada, Incorp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00564GP0O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray:
  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #192,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?

click to open popover

Customer reviews

Top customer reviews

October 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
3 people found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse
March 15, 2018
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
September 14, 2014
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse
April 16, 2018
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
April 6, 2016
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
October 27, 2016
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
December 6, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
October 4, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery & Returns

Need Help?