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Posted September 30, 2012
Much more sincere than I would ever have predicted
This is a sincere, thoughtful, and beautifully written effort to reconcile the human desire to cultivate values and ethics with the aversion many humans have developed to religion. Alain de Botton approaches Islam, Christianity and Buddhism with reverence for their ability to teach not just to the mind, but to the heart about the things that really matter to us as humans - relationships, community, compassion, family, etc. He voices concern over the lack of structure and effort in the secular institutions (colleges and museums, for example) to relate our education to their constituents in a way that speaks to this part of the human condition. An all-embracing reconciliation of a book and a warmly sincere and at turns, very entertaining call to action.
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Posted February 13, 2013
I haven't finished this book yet, but half way through it has be
I haven't finished this book yet, but half way through it has been wonderful. It is a lot different than I thought it would be. It doesn't attack religion, rather points out how humans tend to use religion inappropriately. Atheists often look down on religious practices but the author explains the concepts behind some religious practices and how non-believers can use the practices in a positive way. This book really brings to light the problem of humanity and the fix is action by non-believers and believers alike.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 20, 2014
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