I am rolling my eyes so hard right now that it hurts. Alain de Botton proposes building “atheist temples”.
You may take a moment to retch. I hope you have buckets handy.
Done? There’s a spot on your chin, you might want to clean that up.
Anyway, he wants to build a 46 meter tall (because the earth is 4.6 billion years old, get it) black tower in London. Perhaps with a throne at the very top, where he can sit and peer out over his domain.
You know, I think that when you are building a movement, you should get the people first, before building the monumental architecture to awe and contain them. I think his black tower would be awfully echoey and empty when all the acolytes of Atheism 2.0 gather. The only thing he’s got to fill it up right now is ego and hubris.