I see that Alain de Botton is in Australia at the moment publicizing his new book (which I have on order at the library). Some people ask me why I am a Unitarian, and how and why you would want a “church without God”. For me, Unitarianism- and even more so the Unitarian Churches that I attended in Canada- meets many of the needs that Alain de Botton speaks about in this video.
Alain de Botton
(There’s a transcript that you can download on the site)
If the great leading article of a creed be a contradiction of the intellect, or understanding, or reason, then the whole religious system must be supported by contradiction and absurdities… if a nation’s faith be superstitious and irrational, and they sincerely believe it, then all the laws and customs and institutions will, in some degree, be tinged with irrationality
Rev. Maxwell Davidson, January 30 1853 at the first Unitarian service held in the Mechanics Institute, Melbourne.