The boring debate between fundamentalist believers and non-believers is finally moved on by Alain de Botton's inspiring new book, which boldly argues that the supernatural claims of religion are of course entirely false - and yet that religions still have important things to teach the secular world. Rather than mocking religions, agnostics and atheists should instead steal from them - because they're packed with good ideas on how we live and arrange our societies. Blending deep respect with total impiety, de Botton (a non-believer) proposes that we should look to religions for insights into how to build a sense of community, make our relationships last, get more out of art, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, and much more. For too long non-believers have faced a stark choice between either swallowing peculiar doctrines or doing away with consoling and beautiful rituals and ideas. At last Alain de Botton has fashioned a far more interesting and truly helpful alternative.
Moving on the debate between believers and non-believers, de Botton argues that of course the supernatural claims of religion are entirely false, and yet religions still have important things to teach the secular world. Now in paperback, this wise and life-affirming book helps anyone in their quest for meaning and their place in the world. 'Smart and stimulating... a sensitive analysis of the deeply human needs that faith meets' "Financial Times"
Alain de Botton, geb. 1969 in der Schweiz, hat nach dem Studium der Geschichte und Philosophie rasch seinen Weg zur Literatur gefunden. Kosmopolit und phantasievoller Flaneur der Kultur- und Geistesgeschichte, hat er sich mit seinen mittlerweile sechs Büchern, die in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt wurden, einen festen Platz in der jüngeren Literaturgeschichte erschrieben. De Botton lebt in London.