Melanie McDonagh Melanie McDonagh

The benefits of religion flow from belief

Most Spectator readers have probably heard by now of Alain de Botton’s latest, Religion for Atheists, in which he argues that the benefits of religion are too great to be confined to believers — not least because he wrote the Diary column for this week’s magazine. And for those who haven’t yet read about the book, let alone read it, they need look no further than Terry Eagleton’s brilliant demolition

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