Alain de Botton is a philosopher who likes the best of religion, but doesn’t believe in God. He says that the most boring question you can ask of any religion is whether it is true. But how to live, how to die, what is good, and what is bad — these are questions religion has sophisticated ways of addressing. So he’s created The School of Life — where people young and old explore ritual, community, beauty, and wisdom. He explains why these ideas shouldn’t be reserved just for believers.

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Creating Our Own Lives
We're called to create a better world, but what about the task of creating our own lives? A new podcast, hosted by Lily Percy, exporing questions about running as spiritual practice, humor as a tool for survival, and movies as church.


Becoming Wise
An inquiry into the mystery and art of living. Krista Tippett engages wise lives of our day — from Brené Brown and Maria Popova to Elie Wiesel and Seth Godin.

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Taking up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you'll love to meet.

Civil Conversations

The Civil Conversations Project (CCP) is an emergent resource for renewing public discourse and nourishing common life in this century. CCP is a series of radio shows, podcasts, live events, and digital resources that open, inspire, and ground new spaces for conversation and relationship across the differences of our age.

Becoming Wise


Find out more about Krista's New York Times best-selling book, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.

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