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Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia
Black Mass: Apocalyptic Religion and the Death of Utopia
by John Gray
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 17.93

27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the apostle of self-knowledge, 23 Oct 2007
John Gray made me aware that, though an atheist by 'reason', I am also a closet Christian, or at least highly influenced by Christian attitudes and ideas, one of which is a belief in human progress via science.He also seems to have made me aware that I am believer, unbeliever and agnostic depending on whether I am reading a novel, a book on history or a tome of painfully precise philosophy. This kind of self-knowledge makes me feel less confused and more at ease with myself. There were so many ideas and revelations in this book. I made twelve pages of notes and felt the book had both clarified my thinking and made me aware of certain illusions I had held dear.He hammers home his ideas with grace, skill and humour. Very much of an eye-opener!

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