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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 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 History of the World in 100 Objects or Shakespeare s Restless World this approaches faith and religion not via dogma or creed but via objects rituals and places It is thus less tied to British Museum exhibits than the previous books and overall concerned with how the appurtenances of religious faith function in terms of group identity and community MacGregor acknowledges freely that this sense of identity can be the cause of violent conflict or operate as the basis of a positive sense of a community of humanity Each short chapter focuses on a specific topic such as sacrifice water the sun religious festivals icons and images pilgrimage polytheism atheism and so on and within the chapter MacGregor ranges freely geographically and in terms of thought bringing in expert opinion where necessary It s this diffuse approach which makes this book such a pleasure there is so much to learn so many interesting connections made between disparate cultures and times from Siberia to Plymouth from human sacrifice in the Aztec empire to the creation of Christmas in puritan Massachusetts from sun worship in prehistoric caves to seal worship in Iceland from the iconic moment when Barack Obama started singing Amazing Grace to crosses made from capsized refugee boats on the shores of Sicily The text is lavishly illustrated with colour photos definitely a book that is as pleasurable as a material object as as a text Thanks to PenguinAllen Lane for an ARC via NetGalley

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Living with the Gods On Beliefs and Peoples

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 upon opening it knew I had to read it The coloured images dispersed amongst the 500 odd pages of Living With The Gods are just one aspect of the care and love that have been put into this text Covering a plethora of beliefs and stories that humans have embodied for many centuries Living With The Gods is a treasure trove of incredible information and helpful guidance to the religious and non religious alike My favourite chapter personally but by no means only favourite was discovering about Ethiopias uniue Christian heritage victory over colonial Italy claim to the Arc of the Covenant and ties to Rastafarianism There are only about six pages in this chapter yet it opened up a whole world to me I m certain you will have your own similar experiences reading this beautiful book Deciding to Be Christian just one aspect of the care and love that have been put into this text Covering a plethora of beliefs and stories that humans have embodied for many centuries Living With The Gods is a treasure trove of incredible information and helpful guidance to the religious and non religious alike My favourite chapter personally but by no means only favourite was discovering about Ethiopias uniue Christian heritage victory over colonial Italy claim to the Arc of the Covenant and ties to Rastafarianism There are only about six pages in this chapter yet it opened up a whole world to me I m certain you will have your own similar experiences reading this beautiful book

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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. 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 around the world hold very different religious and cultural beliefs how they interact with those beliefs seems fairly consistent across distance and time As long as human history has been recorded its surviving material culture has been the product of faith that inescapable human longing to find a pattern to human existence and of course its history and what might come after the ending of individual life No less a philosopher than Rousseau simply stated that no state has even been founded without religion servings as its base Political systems also demand faith nowhere so than with communism and currently many believe that the pragmatic myth of liberal capitalism is dying It is the stimulating mission of this marvellous book which draws no conclusions asking uestions rather than providing answers to draw our attention to all the man made things that attempt to portray visions of the invisible world and how humans interact with their imaginings The objects may be stable and solid from the smallest coins and even American dollars are adduced for their religious phrases to vast temples but human reactions are anything but There are no solutions to the human uest here but myriad embodiments of varied hopes expectations and journeys Reiki A Comprehensive Guide journeys


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 History of the World in 100 Objects or Shakespeare's Restless World this approaches faith and religion not via dogma or

  2. says:

    This is a beautifully illustrated book which provides a somewhat objective view of our religious shared beliefs and the stories and objects that support them In his comparisons of the shared objects events and beliefs he attempts to show our connectedness with each other despite the resistance and hostility 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 spirituality Beginning with the 40000 year old Lion Man of Ulm MacGregor takes us on a penetrating and insightful journey that spans centuries crosses all corners of the globe and interrogates the religious traditions of the past and present with compassion and respe

  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 arou

  5. says:

    The Beginnings of Belief The programme visits the cave in southern Germany where fragments of ivory were discov

  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 around the world hold very

  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 thi

  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 r

  9. says:

    This book is truly a stunning journey that spans every corner of the globe with thought provoking exhibitions of religious traditions and objects from 40 000 years ago up to the present day I gave this book 5 stars because of the way it made me feel and because it was profoundly aesthetically pleasing from the way the book felt and

  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

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