The Good Book

The Good Book

A Humanist Bible

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Grayling has distilled the work of hundreds of authors and more than one thousand texts using the same techniques...that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions. Their wit and advice, human stories, tragedies and yearnings, love and consolations are shaped into fourteen constituent parts that recall the Bible in structure: Genesis, Wisdom, Parables, Concord, Lamentations, Consolations, Sages, Songs, Histories, Proverbs, The Lawgiver, Acts, Epistles, and The Good...For a secular age in which many find that religion no longer speaks to them, 'The Good Book' is a literary tour de force.
Publisher: New York : Walker, 2011
ISBN: 9780802717375
Branch Call Number: 144 GRA 2011
Characteristics: 597 p
Alternative Title: Humanist bible

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13matt
May 14, 2016

I hated this book. I felt that Secular Humanism is the most self-righteous, prideful "religion" ever invented. Please don't read this book...it will only indoctrinate you into the greatest lie ever invented...that man is inherently good.

Intended for free thinkers, but the last thing that a free thinker wants is a bible-ish tome of irrelevancies. Not recommended.

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delfon
Jan 13, 2014

Written in an easy to understand, non-sesquepedalian style with a format parodying the Christian Bible, but not adhering to the same subject matter, this makes it most engrossing. His chapters include: Genesis,Wisdom,Parables ..............Proverts, Acts, Epistles, the Good.
This is unfreferenced, un footnoted, and unfollowing of Modern Language Association perogatives. In some chapters he displays a kind of narrow conservativism, (he doesn't lie qustions to the status quo), and an insght into how one can be alienated merely by evincing the ungrace, of bad, or no manners.
All in alll, a unique, convenient read that is both ingrossing and informative.

roaddogg09 Jun 09, 2011

I have always enjoyed Grayling's books, and I was not disappointed with this one. The goal was to write a book that contains many of the wisdom given to us from Western and Eastern thought. Many of the passages are thought provoking and gives one a lot to think about.

Some people have criticized Grayling's writing style. As he has said time and again, his intention was for people to be able to read a few passages here and there, and allowing people to pick and quote passages. This is hard to do in a normal book format, and I have to say, I quite enjoy the style. His template was the Bible, and as he has explained, the Bible was written in its format for the same reason he wrote this one: simplicity.

I highly recommend this book. Even if you are a religious person, you have a lot to gain from this book.

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