What aspects of religion should atheists (respectfully) adopt? Alain de Botton suggests a religion for atheists – call it Atheism 2.0 – that incorporates religious forms and traditions to satisfy our human need for connection, ritual and transcendence.
Alain de Botton doesn’t believe in supernatural beings, but suggests that non-believers should change the way they think about religions and their followers. Through their religions, followers are seeking many of the sorts of things the secularists seek, or should seek.
Many people enjoy Christmas carols, old churches and the ritualistic and community aspects of religions, but don’t believe in any sorts of fairies. Until now, they were forced to live in “a spiritual wasteland” in order to partake of the parts of religion that they enjoy.