2 comments on “Alain de Botton’s Religion for Atheists
  1. Joe C. says:

    Alain de Bottom’s opening position is, “The most boring and unproductive question one can ask of any religion is whether or not it is true—in terms of being handed down from heaven to the sound of trumpets and supernaturally governed by prophets and celestial beings.”

    Proving something like God or religion is false is a form of looking for fault like there is a reward for it. Is God true; does He speak to us in our group conscience (TRADITION II)? Is it true that addiction is a disease? Is it true that without unity we will all perish (TRADITION I)?

    Any of the tenets of 12 Step recovery are best though of as metaphors instead of scientific theory. “I have a disease of perception” works as a poetic look at addiction and craving. To say, “Oh yeah, is cancer a diseases of perception; is heart disease?” is fine if one goes to meetings for one-up-man-ship. But if we go to see what we glean from the experience and insights of others (let me speak for myself here) then I best remember than not everyone is talking directly to me or looking for my approval. I have to interpret and take what I can – leaving the rest.

    Religion for Atheists was a slow and dry read at times but it had some good points about community, rituals and interestingly, about pessimism. It was worth reading as far as I am concerned.

  2. author says:

    Hey Joe,
    I really appreciate the comment, but have moved everything over to tailoredbeliefs.com, including this post. You want to add this comment there?
    Sigfried

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