Readers are going to die laughing when they open this volume. It is formatted along the lines of biblical chapters, verses and books, and is meant to be a secular alternative to the scriptural tradition. What will immediately strike even the most partial reader however is how infinitely superior the Judaeo-Christian scriptures are as literature (aside from anything else) compared to Grayling's paltry rag-bag of would-be "humanist" quotations from the ancient world (and pseudo-intellectual musings of the type 'Wet birds don't fly at night'). Why Grayling's effort ultimately fails is because he cites or draws upon the texts of various world religions, or from the writings of theists, but excises any reference to God in their work. This would be incredibly deceitful and libellous if it wasn't so juvenile. As a cheap, desperate evangelistic effort, this tome will only serve to send readers back to the Judaeo-Christian Bible in their droves.