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A.C. Grayling

The Good Book: 10:00am Saturday 14th April
$5.00 incl. Coffee and muffins.
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AC Grayling

A.C.  Grayling is to philosophy what Carl Sagan was to science. His ability to illuminate philosophy and ethics for the lay person is unparalleled. He has written extensively on a staggering array of subjects: the ethics of war crimes, secularism, human rights, religion, euthanasia, drug use and perhaps most importantly: How to live. This ability to comment and write knowledgeably across such wide ranging areas of popular concern has made him one of the most important public intellectuals of our time.

The Good Book, Grayling’s latest work has, perhaps strangely, been his most controversial. Written as an alternative to the Bible and read as a narrative, it draws upon an impressive line-up of secular writings throughout history. Reading it, one is left wondering what the world would have looked like had this been one of its central foundational texts.  As with the religious alternatives, some of our customers have said that it is best read in small portions, and even prefer to pick pages at random to dip in and out of — though I enjoyed reading it right through. I found that as with reading writers like Shakespeare or James Joyce or Cormac McCarthy the language used takes a little while to adjust to but once you’re there, the works really bear fruit. The reader can start to delight in the poetic language and highly quotable phrases that express what is clearly an immense labor of love.

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“We learn, if we are brave, the power of mind, which is the greatest thing in man; of how, though man is small before nature, his mind can encompass all nature, in thinking of it, and singing about it, searching it in science, and celebrating it in poetry.

So I think all the sages found both courage and modesty through the mind’s contact with nature, and these two things are the begetters of hope.

Is there proof that they were right to hope? Well, only consider: it is many centuries since the first sages paced their groves, and their words and thoughts are with us today, and we speak of them;

Though nature conquered their bodies and their bodies are dispersed into the elements once more, the fruit of their minds is with us still.

Parables 13:9-13” — A.C. Grayling

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