By Kimberly Winston
Religion News Service
(RNS) Stripped of its supernatural elements, does religion have anything to offer atheists? What can non...
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The age-old wars against religion is moved on by philosopher Alain de Botton's bold statement that religion can be...
When God and belief are stripped out of the equation, we are left with rituals and practices that are primarily hedonistic and hollow. What de Botton offers us is "religion for atheists," but what he gives us is pseudo-religion and empty routine.
Besides these general stylistic factors, the most gaping wound in this book lies in de Botton's hesitancy to move past a utopian, almost naive sense of his endeavor into actual philosophy.
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