from dezeen.com: Author Alain de Botton has announced a bold new plan for a series of Temples for Atheists to be built around the UK. ‘Why should religious people have the most beautiful buildings in the land?’ he asks. ‘It’s time atheists had their own versions of the great churches and cathedrals’. Alain de Botton has laid out his plans in a new book, Religion for Atheists, which argues that atheists should copy the major religions and put up a network of new architectural masterpieces in the form of temples. ‘As religions have always known, a beautiful building is an indispensable part of getting your message across. Books alone won’t do it.’ De Botton argues that you definitely don’t need a god or gods to justify a temple. ‘You can build a temple to anything that’s positive and good. That could mean: a temple to love, friendship, calm or perspective.’
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