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; Publisher: Pantheon
Posted March 19 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Elizabeth Banks leads celebrities in a cappella 'Fight Song' for Hillary
- Bill Clinton’s DNC speech was a love letter to Hillary Clinton
- Alicia Keys dedicates DNC performance to 'Mothers of the Movement'
- Meryl Streep: Hillary Clinton will be first female president
- Hillary Clinton shares empowering message for young girls
- Howard Dean reprises his famous 'Dean Scream' moment during DNC
- Chiwetel Ejiofor in talks to join Robert Redford in 'Come Sunday'