'A conclusion to be devoutly welcomed in our turbulent times.' -- Salley Vickers, The Independent
'A conclusion to be devoutly welcomed in our turbulent times.' -- Sally Vickers The Independent
'His message deserves to be widely heard. It stands between us and chaos.' -- Daily Mail
'Holloway is able to offer a perspective on the intractably conflicted human animal that is consistently fresh and illuminating.' -- The Literary Review
'Illuminating and inspiring.' -- John Lloyd, Financial Times
'Richard Holloway brilliantly illuminates the divided spirit of man.' -- Observer
'Richard Holloway brilliantly illuminates the divided spirit of man.'
'His message deserves to be widely heard. It stands between us and chaos.'
'Illuminating and inspiring.'
A challenging and heartfelt study of the human capacity for good and evil.
From the Inside Flap
A challenging and heartfelt study of the human capacity for good and evil. Being human isn't easy. We might think that consciousness and free will give us control over our lives, but our minds are dangerous and unpredictable places. We are susceptible to forces we don't understand. We are capable of inflicting immense cruelty on one another -- violence, torture and rape -- and yet we also have the capacity to be tender, to empathise, to feel. In his thought-provoking new book Richard Holloway holds a mirror up to the human condition. The reflection isn't always pretty. But by drawing on a colourful and eclectic selection of writings from history, philosophy, science, poetry, theology and literature, Holloway shows how we can stand up to the seductive power of the monster and draw closer to the fierce challenge of the saint.
From the Back Cover
Praise for Richard Holloway 'Full of human wisdom, this is a psychologically acute and absorbing approach to a very important subject.' Philip Pullman on On Forgiveness 'I don't know when I have been more impressed, indeed, excited by a work . . . It answers the seemingly unanswerable, tormenting questions in a completely satisfying way.' Ruth Rendell on Doubts and Loves 'A book of morals for our brave new world, by a very wise man indeed. Inspiring. Fascinating. Full of Hope.' Fay Weldon on Godless Morality '[A] profound meditation on spiritual tolerance . . . A truly wonderful book by a man who has the courage to doubt.' Observer on Looking in the Distance
About the Author
One of the most outspoken and best-loved figures in the modern church, Richard Holloway recently stood down as the Bishop of Edinburgh but remains Gresham Professor of Divinity in the City of London and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has written for many newspapers in Britain including The Times, Guardian, Sunday Herald and the Scotsman and has presented his own series on BBC Television.