62. What Do Atheists Value in Religion, If Anything?
Teemu Taira [+]
University of Helsinki
This chapter shows that some atheists see the relevance in meditation practices and community building. Others value the ability of religious institutions to offer support for life passages, provide services that other societal institutions do not offer, and participate in public discussions about the common good. Yet others appreciate the historical contribution religious traditions may have made to present-day societies. Critics maintain that all the benefits are attainable without religious traditions and institutions.