Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples

Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples Review

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.

Title:Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples
Edition Language:English

    Some Testimonial About This Book:

  • Roman Clodia

    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 ...

  • Sid Nuncius

    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 book.MacGregor takes a similar app...

  • Bettie?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b099xhmj1/30: The Beginnings of Belief: The programme visits the cave in southern Germany where fragments of ivory were discovered in 1939. These fragments were gradual...

  • Janice

    OMG, a new book coming out soon?! I have to buy it!!! 😍😍😍 have been waiting for ages...

  • carelessdestiny

    Marvelous reading for these long dark evenings. Beautiful words elegantly strung together in sentences surrounding images of prescient meaning. I wish they hadn't dragged Grayson Perry into it though,...

  • Hazel

    I went to the exhibition that ties in with this book. My review of the exhibition is here: https://hazelstainer.wordpress.com/20......

  • Annarella

    A wonderful book on different aspect of religion and how it shapes our life.It's full of great illustrations and surely give you a lot of food for thought.Highly recommended!Many thanks to the publish...