Two prominent British atheist authors are clashing over the best way to not worship a lack of a God.
Writer Alain de Botton wants to erect a $1.5-million “temple for atheists” in London, complete with a 151-foot tower reaching toward a godless sky.
De Botton finds Richard Dawkins’ approach to atheism “aggressive” and “destructive.” He told the Guardian, “Normally a temple is to Jesus, Mary or Buddha, but you can build a temple to anything that’s positive and good. That could mean a temple to love, friendship, calm or perspective. Because of Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens atheism has become known as a destructive force. But there are lots of people who don’t believe but aren’t aggressive towards religions.”