The Little Book of Atheist Spiritualityby Andre Comte-Sponville, Nancy Huston (Translator)
The perfect antidote to the fiery rhetoric that dominates our current national debate over religion, The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality is the ideal companion to such bestsellers as The God Delusion and God Is Not Great. I n this inspiring book, bestselling author and philosopher André Comte-Sponville offers a new perspective on the question of God?s existence, acknowledging the good that has come of religion while advocating tolerance from both believers and non-believers. Through clear, concise, and often humorous prose, Comte-Sponville offers a convincing appeal for a new form of spiritual life?one that at its heart celebrates the human need to connect to one another and the universe.
At first blush "atheist spirituality" may sound like a contradiction in terms, but French philosopher Comte-Sponville makes a compelling argument for a profound dimension of experience that is god-free. His idea of spirituality also bears no small resemblance to Eastern spirituality, and the philosopher-author does not hesitate to cite great Eastern thinkers in this catalogue of references to great minds grappling with important questions. We can do without religion and without God, the author argues, but we can't do without fidelity and community. Comte-Sponville's humanism is deeply traditional, but the red flag "atheist" will undoubtedly affront religious traditionalists. That's unfortunate, because the author's style of arguing is civil and witty, unlike a lot of public discourse on this subject. He draws deeply on the history of philosophers who have pronounced on the subject of God's existence, disposing of the everything-is-permitted nihilism often associated with atheism. Nor does he argue that religion is dangerous, a stance in vogue among today's bestselling atheists. God just isn't logically necessary, but we can still have love, ethical behavior and even the experience of eternity. Formerly a Sorbonne professor, Comte-Sponville presents big ideas with masterful and witty clarity. For those who prefer Kant to cant, this refreshing little book is perfect. (Dec. 31)Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information
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André Comte Sponville is one of France's preeminent contemporary philosophers. Previously a professor at the Sorbonne, he is the author of A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues, which has been translated into twenty-five languages.
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Clear and well written prose. Reasoned arguments that promote thinking rather than provoking the reader. There is no anger in this writing. This is an expression of joy in clear thinking. Spirituality is not faith in God. What is spirituality? Read this book and then think about it yourself.
The message of this book is for the atheist and the theist alike. At a time when the tension between groups, be they secular or religious, continues to escalate, the author provides insight and direction that would begin to bring healing and stability to our global community. Although not an atheist, I keep coming back to this book and its simple premise of focusing on what binds us together as a society and not what separates us. The author's thoughts on communion, fidelity, and love; should resonate with one of any faith tradition or belief.