Art & Design: Religion for Atheists by Alain de Botton

Literary marvel and founder of The School of Life, Alain de Botton has created a book for non-believers.

Instead of falling into the categories of either a ‘believer’ or ‘non-believer’, Religion For Atheists proposes a middle-ground ideal that teaches individuals to learn and ‘steal’ the charming elements of religion, such as philosophy, architecture and the sense of community, and bypass the religious hierarchy and ‘supernatural claims’ that have divided society so profoundly.

Supporting the book, de Botton last week announced plans for a series of temples throughout London, which if approved will be built by award-winning and RIBA shortlisted architects Tom Greenall and Jordan Hodgson.

“You can build a temple to anything that’s positive and good. That could mean a temple for love, friendship, calm or perspective,” explains the writer and entrepreneur.

Above all secular and religious beliefs, de Botton’s proposal indicates the increasing importance for reflection and respite in day-to-day living, notions that are sometimes lost or forgotten in our highly digitalized and pressured, modern lives – we look forward too seeing whether these temples are approved.  In the meantime, his beautifully bound hardback book, Religion for Atheists, can be purchased here. – Samantha Fox

See Alain de Botton’s recent project Living Architecture.

Scroll down for further images courtesy of It’s Nice That.

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