A back-handed compliment?

According to the Guardian website, philosopher and author Alain de Botton is soon to publish Religion for Atheists. This title piqued my interest! Here’s what the Guardian‘s blurb says: “(de Botton) argues that the supernatural claims of religion are of course entirely false – and yet that religions still have important things to teach the secular world. This book proposes that we should look to religions for insights into how to build a sense of community, make our relationships last, overcome feelings of envy and inadequacy, and more.”

De Botton’s insights on ideas, work, travel, architecture, status, relationships, airports and – almost anything! – are great, so I’m looking forward to reading this book. If the blurb is a good guide, I guess believers could take it as a nice compliment. However, to dismiss the possibility of the very motivation for the benefits and qualities of faith – a loving, creator God – does seem sad. (JK)

A New Year’s Day walk at Walton

Today’s sunny skies and almost warm sun provided the perfect climate for a walk on the Naze at Walton. Surprised to see how much of the cliff has fallen recently, but the impressive new Crag Walk looks set to make the Naze Tower safe for a good while. Then headed for Yates in town for some excellent fish and chips, which we ate on the beach.