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A book for reflection, thinking and growth., 20 April 2011
Comparisons to the Christian Bible will no doubt be inevitable with an alternative sub-titled as a secular bible. Some comparison is justified, since after all The Good Book is structured in a way that emulates aspects of the collection of books found in the Christian Bible.
This is not - I would suggest - a book to be read so as to be anti-Christian or anti-religious or anti-Bible however. Here is collected - in a very readable way - much of the collective wisdom of humanity. One could argue about what counts as religious wisdom or not (how do we even clearly define religion?). One could perhaps rejoice in the lack of the mention of supernatural powers (though clearly some of the philosophies captured by Grayling did have teachings about the divine). One could feel secure in the superiority of a secular worldview. Such negatives are not becoming to one's intentions in reading this book.
Instead, let the joy and the wonder and the rightness of the sages and philosophers of the world and throughout history wash over you. Take on board the teachings and advice and use these to become a better and fuller human being. Feel one's mind stimulated and let reflection, thinking and growth occur in your life.
This is a piece of the puzzle so needed for the post-Christian societies so prevalent today in Europe. The rejection - either apathetic, purposeful or antipathetic - of Christianity in Europe has led to a generation that perhaps needs guidance without the barriers and blocks in the mind that occur when words like God, Jesus and Religion come into play. Here is the "good life", the wonder of consciousness and the joy of virtue and ethics at play in the thinking and encapsulation of Grayling and those who have inspired him from across the generations. Imbibe this is all I can say. Live it, also seems right!