Alain de Botton: Religion for Atheists, interviewed by Chris Hedges

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April 2, 2012

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C-SPAN
March 12, 2012

Mr. de Botton, an atheist, argues that rather than mocking religion, atheists and agnostics should steal the best ideas from world religions, such as the methods for building strong communities, overcoming envy, and forging a connection to the natural world. The philosopher essayist discusses his concepts with former seminarian and author Chris Hedges.

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Chris Hedges spent two decades as a foreign reporter covering wars in Latin America, Africa, Europe and the Middle East. His latest books are Death of the Liberal Class, and The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

from the archives:

Acts of Love by Chris Hedges

The Hour: Chris Hedges on Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris (2008)

Hitchens vs. Hitchens – Christopher and Peter Hitchens Debate (2008)

Christopher Hitchens and David Berlinski Debate on Atheism, God and Religion (2010)

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One thought on “Alain de Botton: Religion for Atheists, interviewed by Chris Hedges

  1. If the truth be told , atheists and agnostics have been stealing the best ideas from world religions forever , and not giving them credit for it , but rather taking it for granted . just in the same way that AA does it with the ”higher power ” concept. only at least they admit to its sources .
    the non believer would not have a clue as to what ethics and community is really about with out the template of world religions that have lived it for thousands and thousands of years.
    Marx’s Communist manifesto is a cheap uneffective counterfeit and political program for how the early Christians lived in real community voluntarily .

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