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The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality

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Publisher Comments:

A brilliant, elegant argument for spirituality without God

Can we do without religion? Can we have ethics without God? Is there such thing as“atheist spiritualit”? In this powerful book, the internationally bestselling author André Comte-Sponville presents a philosophical exploration of atheism—and comes to some startling conclusions. According to Comte-Sponville, we have allowed the concept of spirituality to become intertwined with religion, and thus have lost touch with the nature of a true spiritual existence. In order to change this, however, we need not reject the ancient traditions and values that are part of our heritage; rather, we must rethink our relationship to these values and ask ourselves whether their significance comes from the existence of a higher power or simply the human need to connect to one another and the universe. Comte-Sponville offers rigorous, reasoned arguments that take both Eastern and Western philosophical traditions into account, and through his clear, concise, and often humorous prose, he offers a convincing treatise on a new form of spiritual life.

Review:

"This is a wonderful, short book suggesting that atheists, too, can lead spiritual lives. Comte-Sponville, a French philosopher, begins by asking, 'Can we do without religion?' and answers: 'Obviously, it all depends on what is meant by we.' He tells of being raised a Christian, believing in God until he was 18. 'Then I lost it,' he says. 'And it felt like a liberation — everything suddenly... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

Book News Annotation:

One of France's leading contemporary philosophers argues for the viability of spirituality and ethical living sans organized religion or God; he views dogmatism and terrorism as mutually reinforcing. As a disaffected Catholic, he concludes that: "Truth, not faith, is what sets us free" and that "Eternity is now." Suggested reading is listed. This is a translation of the French edition published in 2006 as L'esprit de l'atheisme (by Editiones Albin Michel, Paris), Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The perfect antidote to the fiery rhetoric that dominates our current national debate over religion, The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality is the ideal companion to such bestsellers as The God Delusion and God Is Not Great. I n this inspiring book, bestselling author and philosopher André Comte-Sponville offers a new perspective on the question of God?s existence, acknowledging the good that has come of religion while advocating tolerance from both believers and non-believers. Through clear, concise, and often humorous prose, Comte-Sponville offers a convincing appeal for a new form of spiritual life?one that at its heart celebrates the human need to connect to one another and the universe.

About the Author

André Comte-Sponville is one of Franc‛s preeminent contemporary philosophers. Previously a professor at the Sorbonne, he is the author of A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues, an international bestseller that has been translated into twenty-five languages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780670018475
Author:
Comte Sponville
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Huston, Nancy
Author:
Comte-Sponville, Andre
Author:
Huston, Nancy
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Spirituality
Subject:
Atheism
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20080930
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.36x5.50x.88 in. .58 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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The perfect antidote to the fiery rhetoric that dominates our current national debate over religion, The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality is the ideal companion to such bestsellers as The God Delusion and God Is Not Great. I n this inspiring book, bestselling author and philosopher André Comte-Sponville offers a new perspective on the question of God?s existence, acknowledging the good that has come of religion while advocating tolerance from both believers and non-believers. Through clear, concise, and often humorous prose, Comte-Sponville offers a convincing appeal for a new form of spiritual life?one that at its heart celebrates the human need to connect to one another and the universe.

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