The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son and sent his PR people to call those who were invited , but they would not come. Then he said to them: ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found: atheists, agnostics, doubters, the disillusioned ones and the “don’t bother me no more”, bad and good.
Alain de Botton in The Times, Monday January 30 2012 in an introductory text to his new book “Religion for Atheists”:
The error of modern atheism has been to overlook how many sides of the faiths remain relevant even after their central tenets have been dismissed.
The wisdom of the faiths belongs to all of mankind and deserves to be selectively reabsorbed by the supernatural’s greatest enemies.
At their best moments, they [the religions] confront us with the Other, and help to show that there is humanity in all of us.