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God Explained in a Taxi Ride [Paperback]

Paul Arden
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1 Nov 2007
A punchy, humorous, and probing look at the nature of religious belief, by the author of the massively successful Whatever You Think Think the Opposite. In a series of brilliant visual episodes, Paul Arden investigates the questions that have persisted since our earliest days. As ever, he is a master of compression, getting us to scratch our heads as he examines our relationship to the divine.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (1 Nov 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141032227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141032221
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12.4 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 111,067 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Brilliant, bad, charming, irascible and totally off the wall, Paul Arden is an original with extraordinary drive and energy, blessed with a creative genius allied to a kind of common sense that just isn't, well, common (Roger Kennedy, Saatchi and Saatchi)

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Paul Arden was executive creative director for many years of the advertising behemoth Saatchi and Saatchi. He has written two previous books, and now owns a photographic art gallery in West Sussex. He continues to be in high demand as a public speaker on matters relating to the creative industries.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ummm? 4 May 2008
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Having read Paul's two books on creative thinking, this was not as interesting or as mind opening. In fact it's not at all in the same category as it's about God. A few interesting ironies about religion (many I've read before). The comment about the price different religions charge - Christianity is free, Scientologists demand all is an interesting marketing thought. It's tone is a bit mixed. And yes you can read it in 20 minutes. Though I read mine in the bathroom, cheaper than a taxi. Sadly, Paul is now on the other side having died recently. A great loss to the creative community.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It Gets You Thinking... 4 Feb 2008
I loved this book and by the time I got to the end, Paul Arden's conclusion was what I suspected all along. If you think it's not for you, he isn't asking you to believe in God, even if you you're a staunch atheist. You'll find this book gives you food for thought. It's so easy to read (10 mins tops!!!) and he asks all the right questions.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just the right approach to a controversial topic 21 Jan 2010
God Explained in a Taxi Ride was a delight to read over Christmas. Since Blaise Pascal, who thought that, on balance, the odds are in favour of believing than not believing, the wise conclusion that if God did not exist, we would have to invent him has been a controversial subject and so Paul Arden steps in and tells us what is what, throwing light on atheism, communism, creationism but always in a light-hearted way, on our level (i.e. 'not too much time to spare for a heavy volume or a ponderous approach'). Men have created God or rather several versions of God in their own image, and invented new beliefs to fill the void if they did not opt to believe. As he says, most religions are different ways of saying the same thing, we just misunderstand other people's approach, and are even prepared to go to war to attempt to prove that we are right.

I specially liked 'When things go wrong', 'You don't need a religion', 'An awkward parishioner', 'It ain't necessarily so' and 'The greatest story ever told', 'A cool religion' and the pithy advice to would-be suicide bombers.

The only chapter where I disagreed with Paul Arden was about 'Miracles'. The disciples were not roadies. The Master was in charge and told them what to do, not the other way round. He was the star but he was also the manager. He had the power. They did not. The mind has tremendous power to create visions, illusions and to change water into wine, i.e. to actually change material matters. I have not witnessed the miracle of changing water into wine but I have read that someone at present on our planet claims they can do it, using only the power of the mind. We should not underestimate Jesus' contemporaries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I don't want to sound judgemental, but this is a book only someone in marketing or advertising could have written.

First of all, there's the conceit and arrogance. History's greatest philosophers have spent years thinking about God and millions of words attempting to understand and explain the idea. But Paul Arden can do it in about one hundred pages? That seems unlikely.

Secondly, there's the simplistic, childish approach and layout. In advertising, there's value in presenting your ideas in short, punchy pages, because you're presenting simple ideas: buy this, think that. In philosophy, you're not trying to sell anything, and any attempt to reduce complex ideas to the level of an advert is bound to miss the point.

I find it difficult to understand why this book was published, other than the obvious and reductive reason that people might pay money for it. It's a collection of vague, random thoughts on God and religion, with no obvious organisation or direction. Here's a page that suggests building a mosque at ground zero; there's one with St. Anselm's proof of God's existence (with the footnote that the "proof" might require "another taxi ride to think about!", when in fact it could be countered by a child, or in a two panel comic). Each brief thought is given its own two page spread. The only insightful comment is marketing related, which speculates that Scientologists are perhaps more committed because they have invested more.

Finally, Arden gets to his point. Something caused our universe to come into existence, call it "creation" or "evolution" or "chance"; these are just names, as is "God". So why not call it "God"?
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit of balance, please... 7 Jun 2008
Okay, this book won't change the world or finally resolve the debate over the existence of God. But, hey, what do you expect from a book with this title and at a cost of 3.99? So, previous 1-star reviewers, get some perspective. Likewise, it is definitely not a 5-star either. On balance, I'd say a 3.5 or a 4, so it has to be a 4. As with a fellow reviewer, I too have all Arden's books. For anyone new to him, expect a very different and personal slant on whatever subject Arden is tackling - and here it is Arden's take on the concept of God. Some stuff you'll definitely disagree with, but I suspect Arden would be disappointed if that wasn't the case.
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1.0 out of 5 stars furious at having been conned like this
I guess I should have known better. After all, they author's main qualification and lauded achievement was to sell by and large uninteresting and not that good products with snappy... Read more
Published 1 month ago by A. Bormann
1.0 out of 5 stars Simplistic and uninspiring
After reading reviews online and inside the book jacket I expected something life changing - the way people wrote about it was as if Arden was some kind of genius. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Miss Holly E Simms
3.0 out of 5 stars Short, interesting...
This book is short... This works both for and against it, in my opinion. It quickly read through and the key messages is very compressed and clear but I am also left with a feeling... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Martin Tousig
5.0 out of 5 stars a small book about big things
A speedy, tongue-in-cheek ride through the Central Questions of Existence--a small book about big things...

Its wisdom lies in its simplicity and sincerity. Read more
Published 16 months ago by F. Oomkens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quotes
Love this book. A great way of explaining "something out there" as opposed to the various Gods in a variety of religions - makes so much sense!
Published on 28 May 2012 by Denise Isaacs
5.0 out of 5 stars Short and authentic
A great book to make people understand what is the concept behind god.
A good motivational book too.
I recommend it.
Published on 20 Feb 2011 by Benjamin P.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple yet profound
God explained in a tax ride is a great book only if you approach it with the right mindset - if you want to question things and think critically about them, if you have doubts... Read more
Published on 13 Feb 2010 by Fabio
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Really A Paul Arden Book
Paul Arden's other books - It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be and Whatever You Think, Think The Opposite are excellent - both five stars - but something went... Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by Daddy-O
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time reading or buying this
Having purchased 'It's Not How Good You Are, It's How Good You Want To Be' which I thought was a great read and would have no doubt recommending, I was very disappointed with this... Read more
Published on 5 May 2008 by Mr. P. Jason
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