The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality

The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality - Andre Comte-Sponville The title of this one pretty much sums it up: it's an argument for the possibility of spirituality without the involvement of a god. And it's little.

I appreciated this book largely due to the ways in which it differs from much of the recent atheist literature out there. The author's intention was to present and argue for a position, rather than merely to attack someone else's. He is well acquainted with the history and philosophy of religion, Eastern and Western, and therefore less often ends up sounding naive or confused. He is genuinely sympathetic to the religious impulse, despite his disagreements with, and dismay at, many of its manifestations. He comes across as a normal person, who has felt a longing most of us have felt, who has thought a lot about these things, and who would like to present his conclusions. Those conclusions aren't exactly startling, especially to anyone who's read anything on Taoism or Zen Buddhism, but they are sincere. It is this sincerity, more than anything else, that makes Andre Comte-Sponville's book worth reading.