The Good Book is a book of insight, inspiration, wisdom, solace and commentary on the human condition drawn from the great humanist traditions of thought and literature of the world. Its principal concern is how life – the good life – should be lived. Stimulating, thoughtful, rational and rewarding, it is now published in a compact edition.
The Good Book is an alternative, non-religious Bible and has been made in just the same way as the Judaeo-Christian Bible was made: by redaction, editing, paraphrasing, interpolation, arrangement and rewriting of texts from the last three thousand years of the great secular traditions. The Bible was made over many years by many hands; hundreds of authors and more than a thousand texts lie behind the fourteen books created by A. C. Grayling, who has distilled their teachings, their insights, their wit, their advice, their human stories, their tragedies, their yearnings, their love, their sorrow and their consolations into one humanist Bible.
For a secular age in which many find that religion no longer speaks to them, this is a book of life and practice, focusing the light of great minds of the past on to the perennial challenge of being human.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A. C. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, UK. He has written and edited numerous works of philosophy and is the author of biographies of Descartes and William Hazlitt. He believes that philosophy should take an active, useful role in society. He has been a regular contributor to The Times, Financial Times, Observer, Independent on Sunday, Economist, Literary Review, New Statesman and Prospect, and is a frequent and popular contributor to radio and television programmes, including Newsnight, Today, In Our Time, Start the Week and CNN news. He is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum at Davos, and advises on many committees ranging from Drug Testing at Work to human rights groups.
Writes: History, Religion, General Non-Fiction, Ethics and Moral Philosophy, Second World War, Social and Political Philosophy, Modern Philosophy (Sixteenth-Century to Eighteenth-Century), Philosophy & Ideas, Philosophy - Other
Author of : The Age of Genius, The Good Book, The Challenge of Things, Among the Dead Cities, Towards the Light, The God Argument, Thinking of Answers, Liberty in the Age of Terror, Scepticism and the Possibility of Knowledge, Truth, Meaning and Realism