Rather than trashing believers and beliefs, Alain de Botton cherry-picks what he finds cool about various religions, then explains how they could be modified for secular purposes in Religion for Atheists. The result is a slightly precious, upper-middle-brow tract with ideas both reasonable and ridiculous: Restaurants could promote community, billboards could advertise values, society as a whole could establish medieval-style Feast of Fools days during which everybody could ”party and copulate randomly and joyfully with strangers.” For better or worse, the Feast of Fools suggestion comes with an illustration. B-
RELIGIOUS MUSINGS Straying from the easy route of trashing and debunking, 'Religion' offers new takes on age-old ideas
Genre: Alain de Botton, Nonfiction; Status: In Season; Publisher: Pantheon
Posted March 19 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
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