Alain de Botton on The Need for Secular Rituals

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March 25 2012 10:15 AM

Alain de Botton: Imagining a Bar Mitzvah for Atheists

Alain de Botton, author of The Consolations of Philosophy and other bestsellers, has a new book out called Religion for Atheists. It encourages atheists to appreciate things religions do well--ranging from fostering community to orchestrating rites of passage--and make use of them, except without the belief-in-God part. I asked him how, exactly, the atheist’s equivalent of a bar mitzvah or a Catholic confirmation would work:

You can watch the whole conversation here.