Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples (Paperback)Dr Neil MacGregor (author)
From the author of A History of the World in 100 Objects comes a panoramic history of faith and custom that examines just why certain communities adopted specific religious practices. Broad in scope yet forensic in detail, Living with the Gods is a stunningly accomplished piece of work.
A panoramic exploration of peoples, objects and beliefs over 40,000 years from the celebrated author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany, following the new BBC Radio 4 documentary and British Museum exhibition.
One of the central facts of human existence is that every society shares a set of beliefs and assumptions - a faith, an ideology, a religion - that goes far beyond the life of the individual. These beliefs are an essential part of a shared identity. They have a unique power to define - and to divide - us, and are a driving force in the politics of much of the world today. Throughout history they have most often been, in the widest sense, religious. Yet this book is not a history of religion, nor an argument in favour of faith. It is about the stories which give shape to our lives, and the different ways in which societies imagine their place in the world.
Looking across history and around the globe, it interrogates objects, places and human activities to try to understand what shared beliefs can mean in the public life of a community or a nation, how they shape the relationship between the individual and the state, and how they help give us our sense of who we are. For in deciding how we live with our gods, we also decide how to live with each other.
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Number of pages: 512
Weight: 363 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 22 mm
'The David Attenborough of things that don't move ... Think of it as his Blue Planet' - Bryan Appleyard
'A mind-expanding book.' - The Sunday Times
'The new blockbuster by the museums maestro Neil MacGregor... The man who chronicles world history through objects is back... examining a new set of objects to explore the theme of faith in society.' - Richard Brooks
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“Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples (Hardback)”
I bought this as a gift so have yet to borrow it. However, my friend is giving it a glowing review! My purchase was prompted after we had attended Neil MacGregor's wonderfully entertaining and informative talk... More
“Bought as gift & have heard only great things!”
I bought this as a gift for someone who loved the radio series. She seemed genuinely thrilled! Not my thing but have heard nothing but great things from a real enthusiast for this topic.
“His usual high standards”
Brilliant overview of religious thoughts over the ages
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