Philosopher creates atheists’ ten commandments

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Writer Alain de Botton has created a set of ten commandments for atheists.

The best-selling author – whose work includes The Art of Travel and Essays in Love – said he was unveiling his Manifesto for Atheists in an attempt to promote overlooked virtues.

He said he wanted to counter the idea that being virtuous had become “a strange and depressing notion”, while wickedness and evil had a “peculiar kind of glamour”. He said: “The key thing is to have some kind of list on which to flex our ethical muscles. His ten commandments are: resilience; empathy; patience; sacrifice; politeness; humour; self-awareness; forgiveness; hope and confidence.