It's important to engage with the anti-theists of North Oxford, but Alain de Botton invites us to engage with another kind of atheism. The kind of atheism that forms the Sunday Assembly. The assumption of no god that wants to borrow the best bits of outward religion:
What would you say to Alain and his friends? You can get more from his book Religion for Atheists though the TED talk gives the core thought. What to make of the desire for ritual, for beauty, for relationship, for community, for significant moments... That inconsolable longing?