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The Little Book Of Atheist Spirituality

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September, 2008
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Taking the current atheist/believer debate to a higher, more humane level, this elegant argument for spirituality without God is a real mind-opener for free thinkers not afraid of surprising themselves.

Reality suffices. Why subject it to anything else? All is perfect. Thus, we no longer need consolation, hope or a last judgment; the point is less to judge than to understand, and less to understand than to see. Reality: take it or leave it… Ascetics leave it. Wise men take it.

Can there be such a thing as “atheist spirituality”? In this powerful book, André Comte-Sponville (A Small Treatise on the Great Virtues) presents a philosophical exploration of atheism—and comes to some startling conclusions. He says 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, we need not reject the ancient traditions and values in 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 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.

The point is not to heal the ego but to heal ourselves of ego; not to save our selves but to break free of them…

We are prisoners only of ourselves—that is, our habits, frustrations, roles, refusals, intellects, ideologies, pasts, fears, hopes, judgments… When all this disappears, so do the prison and the prisoner, and all that remains is truth, which has neither subject nor master.

We can do without religion and without God, the author argues, but we can’t do without fidelity and community.

“Nor does he argue that religion is dangerous, a stance in vogue among today’s bestselling atheists. God just isn’t logically necessary, but we can still have love, ethical behavior and even the experience of eternity. This former Sorbonne professor presents big ideas with masterful and witty clarity.” —Publishers Weekly

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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.

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