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Religion for Atheists: A non-believer's guide to t&hellip by Alain de Botton
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This book takes an interesting and important subject and sadly butchers it. De Botton is obsessed with the paternalistic and institutional dimensions of religion, which are precisely the parts that the secular world can and must do without. He suffers from a basic failure to understand the problem of authority: secular thought is necessarily fragmented precisely because no human thinker has divine wisdom or authority. He is complacently dismissive about concepts of liberty, and makes not a single acknowledgment of the possible pitfalls of humans telling each other (or institutions telling individuals) how to live. 'We are most of us lambs and need good shepherds,' he wistfully writes. But… Read more