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I remember watching Alain de Botton documentaries as a kid. The cinematography was exquisitely BBC and all the settings wonderfully old European buildings under overcast and brooding skies.
And that’s really what reading this book was like.
Religion for Atheists diplomatically refrains from being cynically atheist and really gives the benefits of religion a good going over. De Botton cites (amongst other things) singing, community spirit, ritual, reflection and the re-reading of important texts and ideas as things religion really got quite right.
The conversational and measured manner of de Botton’s writing is very persuasive and exceedingly rational. One truly feels like a fly-on-the-wall of one of his grey-clouded documentary series.
This book was my first foray into philosophy outside of prescribed school readings. I recommend it as a first foray into philosophy, religion and/or atheism for anybody.