A School of Life for Atheists

Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. So he’s created “The School of Life,” a secular community in London.  This week, we join Krista Tippett as she interviews him about ritual and perspectives on religion – perspectives that might surprise religious listeners.

Alain is frustrated by popular dismissals of religion and believes that the most boring question one can ask of any religion is whether it is true.

In the words of Alain de Botton in this interview, “It seems to me that most debates on religion currently center around the existence or nonexistence of God, and I’ve sat in on many of these debates. They are, frankly, boring not because they’re not touching on a very important issue. It is important. They’re boring because no one ever makes any headway because, you know, the atheists look at the religious and think that they’re stupid and the religious look at the atheist and think they’re damned and both sides are fiercely entrenched. The argument about whether God does or doesn’t exist is, I think, ultimately one where most individuals are not rationally aware of their reasons for believing in what they believe.”


Credits: Tippett, Krista. “A School of Life for Athiests.”  On BeingAmerican Public Media.  September 6, 2012. 


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