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Cherish even if believing is more than you can bear.
on 27 October 2017
Alain de Botton is an engaging and popular writer on topics philosophical. He is also an atheist. But he takes a positive view of religion, not because it is 'true' but because it is (broadly) useful.it represents and gathers together a number of aspects of religious practice which might wisely be acknowledged and adopted by people regardless of their disposition towards religion as such. His chapter headings (here are a few of them) illustrate his general approach: Wisdom without Doctrine; Community; Kindness; Education; Tenderness; Pessimism. In each case he argues that mindsets and attitudes, as well as practices, represent a resource for living which the western world seems to have sidelined. I found this a stimulating book, and welcome even to (especially to?)
a lifelong Christian.