The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality
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. In this inspiring book, bestselling author and philosopher André Comte-Sponville offers a new perspective on the question of God's existence, acknowl...more
No more the scientism-choked, condescending, semantic hijacking typical of George Smith, Dawkins, and (most recently) the expositional regurgitation of Dan Barker's latest. Here is a philosophical voice ringing with intelligence and humanity, unambiguously inclined to life ...more
It speaks about the spirituality of Atheism, which is a possitive point, and begins by giving a definition of religion in an ethnological sense and separating it from the onthological definition. It is with this definition that the book begins and excels, clearly differentiating between god and a religion.
Later on however, the book tries to explain which parts of a religion (as a common belief in a set of moral values, rites, etc ...more
Not surprisingly, the philosophical verbiage and manner of writing lost me rather consistently. I also could not relate at all when the author declared that he desperately wishes more than anything that God existed. I chalked this up to t ...more
Възможно ли е да сте духовен и вярващ човек, но да нямате капка вяра в Бог или богове? Според Андре Конт-Спонвил в книгата "Духът на атеизма" това е напълно възможно.
Да видим що е религия. Авторът пише: "Религията е всяка организирана съвкупност от вярвания и ритуали, свързани със свещени, свръхестествени или трансцедентални неща, и по-специално с един или повече богове, вярвания и ритуали, които обединяват в една и съща морална или ду ...more
Criticisms of the last third of the book are understandable. In my experience, the primary determinant of whether or not an individual identifies as an atheist seems to be the extent to which their personality is religious- prone to the feelings of oneness, e ...more
The first section of the book has some thought provoking gems. Here he brilliantly develops his notion of the contrast between fidelity and faith, which I think he provides a very compelling distinction. Also, he goes into the dangers between the barbarous and the fanatic, again compelling and thought provoking.
The second section, on G ...more
Back when I started to recognise my atheistic views and my loss of faith, I felt dread of what I have become, I was afraid yet furious of losing my "humanity", I could not accept losing faith as I saw it walking out on humane values yet I could not force myself to retain any of it. I hope someone can imagine the feeling.
And one day, while walking in a book store, I get caught by the title and thought "what kind of a ...more
I do greatly admire this book and its author. There are many disagreements I have with some conclusions and certain hidden assumptions, and I will mention a few of them later. However, overall, its warm tone and honesty make it a joy to read, and something like joy is at the heart of things. Perhaps it is better seen as one person’s statement set against our understanding that ultimately each of us make only one person’s statement. Proseltysing is out, celebration of doubt and mystery and divers ...more
If a reader doesn't have this literary background, it's possible the philosophical name-dropping o ...more
The books has two primary strengths. One is that it is willing to acknowledge the importance of religion for m ...more
Comte’s book is split into three sections, each addressing a question:
Can we do without god?
Unlike many atheist books like ‘The God Delusion’, Andre does not seek to ‘convert’ believer ...more
I. Can we do without religion?
II. Does God exist?
III. Can there be an atheist spirituality?
In Part I, Andre argues that humanity survives on the same moral, spiritual, and cultural values that religion cultivates, but that religion itself is unnecessary. Religion doesn’t provide the basis for our morals, but rather our morals provide the basis for religion. We do have a foundational need for our spiritual wel ...more
This should be obvious to anyone who thinks about it, ...more
The book is divided into three sections, and the first two make an excellent read. The first attempts to tackle whether we can do without religion, either as individuals or as a society, and the second is the reasons for being an atheist. Even in ...more
André Comte-Sponville fut maître de conférences à la Sorbonne1 (Université Paris I) jusqu'en 1998, date depu ...more