Synopses & Reviews
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 spirituality? In this powerful book, the internationally bestselling author Andr Comte-Sponville presents a philosophical exploration of atheismand 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.
A wonderful book . . . offers a generosity of spirit, communion and wisdom.
The Washington Post
A truly inspiring essay . . . An uplifting and timely tribute to Godless spirituality.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author of The New York Times bestseller Infidel
At last, a book that takes the current atheist/believer debate to a much higher, more humane level than any other we know.
Thomas Cathart and Daniel Klein, authors of Plato and a Platypus Walk into a Bar
In this powerful book, the internationally bestselling author presents a philosophical exploration of atheism--and comes to some startling conclusions. Through clear, concise, and often humorous prose, Comte-Sponville offers a convincing treatise on a new form of spiritual life.
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 Frances preeminent contemporary philosophers. Previously a professor at the Sorbonne, he is the author of A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues, which has been translated into twenty-five languages.