Atheism 2.0: Alain de Botton on

Posted by: Ben Lillie

What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a “religion for atheists” — call it Atheism 2.0 — that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence. (Recorded at TEDGlobal 2011, July 2011, in Edinburgh, Scotland. Duration: 19:20.)

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Comments (23)

  • Jay Coombs commented on Nov 23 2013

    Why, or how, does TED miss such obvious — to me, anyway — preexisting ideas that it seeks to claim as novel? These people I mentioned in my previous message, and their ideas, aren’t hiding out or even very new. They are also not fringe. They teach in Ivy League universities and publish quite often.

    I don’t understand how TED has such a lack of information, which seems to undermine TED’s very reason for existence. Respectfully, I would gladly become a researcher for TED so to prevent this unfortunate lack of awareness in the future. Seriously. :o)

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