Regular monthly Group meetinge

“Relision for Atheists” by Alain de Botton

Start Date:
Thursday 21 November 2019
Start Time:
82 Ecclesall Road south, Sheffield S11 9PG
Roger Lasko
Robin Story
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e-“Relision for Atheists” by Alain de Botton

“Relision for Atheists” by Alain de Botton

From a review in the Guardian:

Alain de Botton in the first chapter asserts: “Let us state that of course no religions are true in any God-given sense.” That he should reach his conclusion so confidently and so early on would, you’d think, spare him the effort of engaging seriously with religion and spare us the effort of reading the rest of the book. He does persevere, however, and so should we, for our efforts are rewarded. His prose is lovely: clear, gently persuasive, light of touch – he would have made a marvellous preacher – and the text is illustrated with helpful photographs suggesting, to paraphrase Emily Dickinson , that the truth is best told slant. It is a great relief, also, to come across a book with the word “atheists” in the title that responds to the claims of religion and its adherents with something more than an attack of the vapours. Others, more hostile in intent, leave their readers with the impression that affiliation to a church is equivalent to, say, participating actively in the Spanish Inquisition . De Botton, in welcome contrast, concedes that religion might not only be benign but also offer things of value for all.

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