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He world today Throughout history they have most often been in the widest sense religiousYet 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 in The Beginnings of Belief The programme visits the cave in southern Germany where fragments of ivory were discovered in 1939 These fragments were gradually pieced

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Living with the Gods On Beliefs and Peoples

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 uniue power to define and to divide us and are a driving force in the politics of much of t Like MacGregor s other books this is both immensely readable and a testament to his own wide curiosity knowledge and sense of humanity in its broadest sense I h

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Terrogates 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 areFor in deciding how we live with our gods we also decide how to live with each other Book Porn I m sorry for the crass title it can t be helped I couldn t think of a better means of describing this book I first saw it in my local Waterstones and u


10 thoughts on “Living with the Gods On Beliefs and Peoples

  1. says:

    Like MacGregor’s other books this is both immensely readable and a testament to his own wide curiosity knowledge and sense of humanity in its broadest sense I hesitated before reading this having no religious sensibility at all and while its focus did make it slightly less absorbing for me personally than either his A

  2. says:

    This is a beautifully illustrated book which provides a somewhat objective view of our religious shared beliefs and the stories and objects tha

  3. says:

    Neil MacGregor’s Living with the Gods On Beliefs and Peoples explores objects rituals and places in terms of what they reveal about faith and

  4. says:

    This is another excellent book from Neil MacGregor I have no expertise in this area but as a lay reader I found it a thoughtful erudite and immensely illuminating bookMacGregor takes a similar approach to that in his previous outstanding books A History Of The World in 100 Objects and Shakespeare’s Restless World in that he uses artefacts fascinatingly to illustrate his subject basing each brief chapter around a subje

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    The Beginnings of Belief The programme visits the cave in southern Germany where fragments of ivory were discovered in 1939 These fragments were gradually pieced together by archaeologists decades later to re assemble the figure Some smoothing on the torso suggests that the Lion Man was passed from person to person in the cave230 Fire and State Many societies have seen the mesmerizing phenomenon of fire as a symbol of th

  6. says:

    “Every known society shares a set of beliefs and assumptions — a faith an ideology a religion — that goes far beyond the life of the individual and is an essential part of a shared identity”'Although people

  7. says:

    Book Porn I'm sorry for the crass title it can't be helped I couldn't think of a better means of describing this book I first saw it in my loca

  8. says:

    I do think this deserves five stars although in a somewhat weird way; it's a different kind of book than I've ever read before Not rigorous enough to be an academic work but full of scholarly insights on various traditions around the world Not particularly concerned with theology much less faithful to any one religion but greatly respectful of the enormous power for good and ill of all belief systems Not notice

  9. says:

    This book is truly a stunning journey that spans every corner of the globe with thought provoking exhibitions of religious traditions

  10. says:

    Similar to A History of the World in 100 Objects but this time focusing on religious or indicative of religious events artefacts Especially enjoyableusefulthought provoking for anyone who loves museums and especially docents who guide in museums like the one I guide in with a gallery dedicated to religious art