TED – Alain de Botton: Atheism 2.0

Despite the supernatural claims of religion, it could be that it does have some socially useful aspects, aspects that could be adopted with “respectful impiety” (I like Alain’s coining of that, BTW)to bolster secularism, enhance it’s mechanisms, to fill up it’s holes and make it more appealing as a social movement to a greater number of people who would otherwise be members of a religion.

Among other things, de Botton suggests a secular education that replaces scripture and doctrine with culture and philosophy, fulfilling the human needs met by the former two using the latter pair.

Agree, or disagree, especially if you’ve lived in North Oxford, I think he makes a few good points on things and strategies religions do very well that could really help out the rationalist movement. Enjoy.