The Good Book

AC Grayling

The Good Book

Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human — from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life — A.C. Grayling has created a secular bible. Designed to be read as narrative and also to be dipped into for inspiration, encouragement and consolation, The Good Book aims to offer a thoughtful, non-religious alternative to the many people who do not follow one of the world's great religions. 2.1 out of 5 based on 4 reviews
The Good Book

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Classification Non-fiction
Genre Religion & Spirituality
Format Hardback
Pages 608
RRP £25.00
Date of Publication April 2011
ISBN 978-0747599609
Publisher Bloomsbury
 

Drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human — from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life — A.C. Grayling has created a secular bible. Designed to be read as narrative and also to be dipped into for inspiration, encouragement and consolation, The Good Book aims to offer a thoughtful, non-religious alternative to the many people who do not follow one of the world's great religions.

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Reviews

The Sunday Express

Terry Waite

Good sensible stuff and well worth reflecting on. However, I can’t help but feel that in compiling this vast collection Grayling has missed a trick. It would have been so helpful to a reader such as myself to have some information about his sources, perhaps in an introduction to each chapter.

17/04/2011

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The Observer

Richard Holloway

"The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done; and there is no new thing under the sun."

24/04/2011

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The Sunday Times

Christopher Hart

… a bit like reading the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations with most of the good bits taken out … Still, as failures go, Grayling’s Good Book is undeniably thought-provoking, even if it is unlikely ever to sit by anyone’s bedside, not even Richard Dawkins’s, in the same way as the Bible. Compared to the original, it’s a molehill at the foot of Everest.

10/04/2011

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The Spectator

AN Wilson

The book is described as ‘A Secular Bible’, which is baffling. For a start, what is secular about a book composed of, among others, Aristotle, Chaucer, Cicero, Euripides, Herrick, Milton, Seneca, Sophocles, and Vergil to name a few, all of whom were notably religious in outlook? And secondly, who, apart from the Mormons, needs a pretend Bible when there exists a real one? ... My advice to any potential purchaser is to wait until it appears in the remainder bookshop — it can’t be long now.

07/05/2011

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