Alain de Botton suggests a "religion for atheists" that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
Can't wait to hear your input.

Comment by Logicallunatic on January 26, 2012 at 11:07pm

I think it's a terrible idea. De botton comes across as an accommodating, simpering, wishy-washy pseudo-philosopher. We don't need to pick the good bits out of religion. We already have good bits and we can create more. Calenders? Speaking well? Art is good in religion? LOL. 

Comment by John Kelly on January 26, 2012 at 11:45pm

Accommodating is the best way.  We do need to pick the good bits out of religion.  Art is good in religion, any study of historic art will demonstrate that.

Antitheism is the worst way.  It is a radical ridiculous position.  Antitheists are caught up in a philosophical frenzy, lead by some misguided arguments.  It is the inferior position, it is the extremist position.

It uses mental gymnastics to divorce all the good out of religion and makes the claim that then religion is nothing but bad.

Comment by Logicallunatic on January 27, 2012 at 10:35am

John. He talks of prayer as a good way of remembering things educationally, i.e. the constant drumming into the brain of such repetitious behaviour. It may be good short-term but this is a bad way of learning. Students need to think critically and problem solve. They need to develop their own mind by thinking for themselves. This is not accomplished through prayer-like repetition. I don't see anything of value here except "art in religion is good".

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