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Pretentious doesn't even begin to describe it,
This review is from: The Good Book: A Secular Bible (Hardcover)
Even the thought of someone even thinking of single-handedly writing anything even remotely comparable to the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament put together is pitiful and laughable - no matter who the author is or how good the book is. Many if not most readers of this work probably have just browsed the Bible a while ago, didn't get it or didn't like what they got, and now are delighted to find something bit less taxing and more to their liking. Good for them!
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Initial post: 4 Jan 2013 09:00:37 GMT
Paul Munro says:
Posted on 17 Jul 2014 14:59:50 BDT
You obviously aren't a philosopher and are deeply religious. The bible has been rewritten many many times over hundreds of years with many different interpretations and edits (the fact that you mention the 'hebrew' bible, which has now be rewritten in English many different times, just shows how silly this indignation is)!!
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2014 15:01:09 BDT
I recommend the book "What is good?" by the same author!!!
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2014 15:39:50 BDT
I am religious - I am also half-way through a BA Philosophy & Theology degree at the University of London, believe it or not, and the fact that the Hebrew Bible had to be translated from Hebrew so that people who don't speak Hebrew could read it (!) has no bearing on the truth claims made in it or the fact that it was written over a long period of time. And in any case, the review is about a pretentious little book which will be forgotten very soon - and is of no lasting value.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2014 17:59:55 BDT
It's true that Graylings book isn't well known now and certainly isn't likely to be remembered much in the future. Nonetheless, religious belief is in decline because it no longer makes much sense to the majority of people. Grayling's book is just about the natural human propensity for morality without having to believe in a god or many gods, or fairies etc (whatever is your inclination). It's the idea that will live on.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jul 2014 18:05:45 BDT
"it no longer makes much sense to the majority of people." Neither does quantum mechanics, set theory, cryptography and many other things. Recommend you do some research on John Polkinghorne, Georges Lemaitre, Bernard d'Espagnat, Michael Heller, Arthur Peacocke, Ian Barbour, John Lennox to name a few. That would put Grayling & co in their proper place.
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