Religion for Atheists 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… Religion for Atheists 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… 2012-03-06 Alain de Botton Nonfiction Pantheon
Book Review

Religion for Atheists (2012)

RELIGIOUS MUSINGS Straying from the easy route of trashing and debunking, 'Religion' offers new takes on age-old ideas
RELIGIOUS MUSINGS Straying from the easy route of trashing and debunking, 'Religion' offers new takes on age-old ideas
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Mar 06, 2012; Genres: Alain de Botton, Nonfiction; Publisher: Pantheon

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-

Originally posted Mar 16, 2012 Published in issue #1198 Mar 16, 2012 Order article reprints