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Discussion in 'Interfaith Dialogues' started by Ishna, Dec 15, 2012.
The presentation is available here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/bigideas/stories/2012/03/19/3455152.htm
I think this is very interesting Ishna ji peacesignkaur
It reminds me of one of my favourite recent books by an atheist on religion: The Book of Atheist Spirituality by Andre Comte-Sponville. The arguement is different from Alain de Botton's in that the latter advocates "religion for atheists" whereas Comte argues that atheists should be spiritual without religion. Apart from that, I sense a common purpose.
It is so very respectful and considerate of religious belief, even though his very compelling arguement is (as the blurb explains):
Its a book that has had a powerful impression on me. I highly recommend it.
He does not instigate a virulent and closed-minded attack on religion like 'New Atheists' such as Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris ('militant atheism'), rather he coolly and clearly says why he is not a believer and makes a very compelling case for it. I just love this book.
If I ever became an atheist (which I'm not at least any time soon ) it would be Comte's style of atheism.
Another little book I like is:
Teach Yourself Humanism (Teach Yourself General): Amazon.co.uk: Mark Vernon: Books
"Teach Yourself Humanism" by Mark Vernon, an ex-priest who is now an agnostic.
I am interested in his idea of being "fully human" because it reminds me of some statements from my own faith tradition:
LOL they are talking about conversions already (not forceful I think!)