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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ritual Without God: Like a Cone Without Ice Cream

Could a religious framework -- without a supernatural aspect -- help atheists live more meaningful, emotionally connected lives?

"Religion's ideas are so intelligent, so subtle, they are not fit to be abandoned to the religious alone," said Tim Harford, in a provocative talk on bringing religious culture and traditions into secular life. 

Apparently this idea of ritual absent "God" appealed to many of the TED attendees and drew a thunderous standing ovation. Unfortunately, ritual without divinity is like eating a dry, empty ice cream cone shell. What do you think?

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