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God's Funeral Hardcover – 15 Jun 1999

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  • Hardcover: 413 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray; First Edition edition (15 Jun. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0719557615
  • ISBN-13: 978-0719557613
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 24.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 399,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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It is extraordinary that in the century that witnessed the greatest period of church-building in human history, the mass revivals of the Evangelicals and the Anglo-Catholics and the founding of missionary societies to convert the heathen should also have been the period when atheism went from being an esoteric and secretive persuasion to being the religion of the suburbs. By the end of the 19th century the great mass of thinking men and women had come to abandon the religion which, for at least a millennium, had dominated the British Isles.

A.N. Wilson follows up his sensational biographies of Jesus and Paul with this fascinating account of the lives and ideas of those prominent men and women who, to differing degrees and for many different reasons, felt that they could not number themselves among the Christian faithful. Starting with the works of Hume and Gibbon, Wilson introduces us to the eccentric utilitarianism of Jeremy Bentham, the agonising doubts of Carlyle, the revolutionary atheism of Marx and the militant defence of unbelief by Huxley. Lyell, Darwin, Freud, George Eliot, Hardy--the list covers what seems like most of the great minds of the century.

Wilson's wit, warmth and erudition make God's Funeral enthralling throughout and this reviewer would strongly recommend it to people of all shades of belief. --Douglas Pretsell


Wilson's rare combination of extraordinary scholarship with an almost pathological sense of mischief makes him the most entertaining writer we have (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

Excellent...Wilson has so clear a grasp of opposing principles and personalities that he is able effortlessly to make them live again (Peter Ackroyd The Times)

Wilson's extraordinary arc of knowledge and astonishing range of reading enables him to work highly effectively...his narrative is a model of scholarship and restraint (Anthony Howard Suday Times)

An illuminating analysis of Victorian religious doubt (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

An impressive sweep...Wilson asks us virtually to relive the ebbing of faith as it afflicted our ancestors (John Casey Evening Standard) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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