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« on: April 11, 2011, 05:54:31 PM »

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The question arose early in British academic A.C. Grayling’s career: What if those ancient compilers who’d made Bibles, the collected religious texts that were translated, edited, arranged and published en masse, had focused instead on assembling the non-religious teachings of civilization’s greatest thinkers?
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Decades after he started asking such questions, what Grayling calls “a lifetime’s work” has hit bookshelves. “The Good Book: A Humanist Bible,” subtitled “A Secular Bible” in the United Kingdom, was published this month.
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Determined to make his material accessible, Grayling arranged his nearly 600-page "Good Book" much like the Bible, with double columns, chapters (the first is even called Genesis) and short verses. And much like the best-selling King James Bible, which is celebrating its 400th year, his book is written in a type of English that transcends time.

Like the Bible, "The Good Book," opens with a garden scene. But instead of Adam and Eve, Grayling's Genesis invokes Isaac Newton, the British scientist who pioneered the study of gravity....

Hmmm...sounds like your typical book on philosophy and science. What's all the hubub about? Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2011, 06:00:08 PM »

There are already several atheist/humanist "Bibles"... *confused*  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2011, 06:39:43 PM »

I'll probably give it a read, mostly because I enjoyed some of his past works.
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« Reply #3 on: April 11, 2011, 06:44:56 PM »

Another gospel.....
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« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2011, 06:49:16 PM »

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The question arose early in British academic A.C. Grayling’s career: What if those ancient compilers who’d made Bibles, the collected religious texts that were translated, edited, arranged and published en masse, had focused instead on assembling the non-religious teachings of civilization’s greatest thinkers?
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Decades after he started asking such questions, what Grayling calls “a lifetime’s work” has hit bookshelves. “The Good Book: A Humanist Bible,” subtitled “A Secular Bible” in the United Kingdom, was published this month.
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Determined to make his material accessible, Grayling arranged his nearly 600-page "Good Book" much like the Bible, with double columns, chapters (the first is even called Genesis) and short verses. And much like the best-selling King James Bible, which is celebrating its 400th year, his book is written in a type of English that transcends time.

Like the Bible, "The Good Book," opens with a garden scene. But instead of Adam and Eve, Grayling's Genesis invokes Isaac Newton, the British scientist who pioneered the study of gravity....

Hmmm...sounds like your typical book on philosophy and science. What's all the hubub about? Roll Eyes
Intereesting that he starts with Sir Isaac Newton, whose reglious writings outnumber his strictly scientific (he said his science was only the by product of his theology, or something to that effect) are far outnumbered by his theological/religious works, and his occult works (he was heavily into Alchemy). It was rather a shock to modern man when all his personal papers were made accessible to the public.
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« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2011, 03:18:09 AM »

The more the merrier I suppose
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