Should Atheists Build Their Own Temple?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jan 29 2012 @ 10:26am


Alain de Botton believes so:

You can build a temple to anything that's positive and good. That could mean: a temple to love, friendship, calm or perspective. Why should religious people have the most beautiful buildings in the land? It's time atheists had their own versions of the great churches and cathedrals. A beautiful building is an indispensable part of getting your message across. Books alone won't do it.

His design:

Measuring 46 meters in all, the tower represents the age of the earth, with each centimetre equating to 1 million years and with, at the tower’s base, a tiny band of gold a mere millimetre thick standing for mankind’s time on earth.The Temple is dedicated to the idea of perspective, which is something we’re prone to lose in the midst of our busy modern lives.

In an interview with Jim Houston, de Botton addressed the criticisms of the New Atheists. Watch his TED talk on what atheists can learn from religion here.

(Image of the planned temple via Londonist)