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Alain de Botton: RELIGION FOR ATHEISTS

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Alain de Botton
RELIGION FOR ATHEISTS

Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall, Thursday 23 February, 2012


“God may be dead. But the bit of us that made God continues to stir,” Alain de Botton

The world’s most popular philosopher returns to Sydney Opera House to talk religion. And it’s religion with a twist in Alain de Botton’s new book; Religion for Atheists: a Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion.

An atheist; Alain de Botton, says the “Is God real?” debate has taken all the limelight; leaving the cause for real discussion in the shade. But the time has come he says; to ask the question that matters most: what can religions teach the secular world?

DeBotton says that religions are packed with good ideas on how we might live and arrange our societies. Blending deep respect with total impiety, de Botton proposes that religions have much to offer everyone on: building a sense of community, making relationships last, overcoming feelings of envy and inadequacy, encouraging love of travel, art, architecture and music, living and working in ways that address our emotional needs.

In the past, de Botton’s essay-style books have unravelled love, travel, architecture and literature. Now he brings his distinctive style to the subject of religion. And not least, he asks what it offers non-believers. He says that for too long, non-believers have shunned religions absolutely. They’ve denied themselves, even an appreciation of, what can be consoling and beautiful rituals and concepts. In his talk at Sydney Opera House, Religion for Atheists De Botton will fashion an interesting and, he hopes, helpful alternative.

Swiss-born, Alain de Botton is resident in London. His best-selling books and TV series’ offer philosophies of everyday life. De Botton is a founder of The School of Life, London; which offers courses such as How to Make Love Last and Overcoming Apathy; with the aim of answering questions of modern fulfillment.

Details:
What: What if Religions Are Neither All True Nor All Nonsense?
When: Thursday 23 February 7pm
Where: Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall
Tickets: $35 - $45 sydneyoperahouse.com / 9250 7777

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