Atheist Bible

I just found out that the British philosopher, AC Grayling has written an alternative good book that is due to be published in April this year. According to the blurb on Amazon,”The Good Book” offers a thoughtful, non-religious alternative to the many people who do not follow one of the world’s great religions. This should be an interesting read, “drawing on the wisdom of 2,500 years of contemplative non-religious writing on all that it means to be human – from the origins of the universe to small matters of courtesy and kindness in everyday life.”

You may have noticed that my postings have been short recently. I hope to be back to longer musings in the future but at the moment, I have a ton of work and a chest infection that I got at the beginning of Dec.:(


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10 responses to “Atheist Bible

  1. Rox

    There have been similar attempts in the past, such as Margaret Knight’s “Humanist Anthology” published in 1961, which I personally found very inspiring at the time.

    It would be a good thing if (assuming it to be good) Mr Grayling’s book became better known and widely read.

  2. Katie

    Looks very interesting – and I like the use of ‘made by’ rather than listing him as the sole author. I can’t take too much smug atheism at any one time, but AC Grayling doesn’t usually lean to heavily on the ‘denouncing’ side. I don’t know if it would be acceptable to refer to him as ‘fey’ (in the surreal sense), but his hair most definitely is.

    Hope you get better soon, Bruce! The whole of Britain seems to be in the grip of a terrible sickly season.

  3. Hope you feel better soon Bruce

  4. Grayling’s book sounds like a good read.

    Hope you are feeling better soon.

  5. Andrew Atkinson

    I wish I had time to give it a read – but I suppose it will already have occurred to most that it chomps on hypocrisy at first glance, if first glance is deep enough, and, that very quick glances of a similar sort will be the first of its major criticisms.

    The second will be that A.C.G. is well known for having ‘not really written’ a good deal of his work, just as major artists have an inventory of junior workers to do things for them. Masterminding the idea is one thing, but the appreciation of it, should not go without thanks to those underlings that go to make Pemberley as beautiful as it is…

    But can Grayling (plus his workers) have succeeded in saying anything other than – ‘Look, you can live a different way other than by remaining subsumed by the dictates of another!’? And if this is the case, why write the book? – to re-delude the deluded under the guise of a fresh state of affairs? Surely not – for that would indeed be hypocrisy, and Grayling isn’t that daft, right?

    I hope A.C.G. has acknowledged such a trap in writing this sort of book – but more importantly, I hope his readers do too – and recognise that much of our culture, and its codes, is there for illogical, non-empirical, and entirely accidental reasons that might more easily equate to natural selection.

  6. Andrew Atkinson

    Let’s hope he does then! – Socio-moral plays of the sort in which Grayling and others act, are easy to defame. They miss the point of relgion entirely and fail to recognise it’s role in human evolution, well, at least, they miss the point about the cultural dynamics in play and how ‘such things’ have shaped our minds to a priori condition making religious mistakes in our reasoning about the world, entirely natural. Don’t get me wrong, I love what Grayling does: a beautiful writer and former tutor of mine (he hates smoking), but what he gets at is not what a serious study of religion from genuine empirical grounds is all about – but then – he’s a philospher right? Why would he?

    • Joshua James

      You made some good points Andrew, but I would add that from the small sections I have had the chance to read, it appears the book is not another Dawkins-esque take on religion but literally a secular bible which documents great thinkers and ideas (beginning with the apple falling on Newton’s head). There is very little reference to organised religion. To say it another way would be that it is the history of thought without religion rather than against it.

  7. Andrew Atkinson

    Yes I’ve read it now and have completely changed my mind (hence revisiting this post). I’m not quite sure wht attacked him – probably one of those ‘neural’ moments of malodorous discontent at the lack of a point to anything.

    Grayling can really write – in fact he’s probably been the biggest influence on my own attempts to write with real clarity. Not only that, he can talk too. The man’s command of language and the ability to put the history of science in perspective is incredible.

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