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Neil MacGregor - Living With The Gods (2nd Hand Paperback)

SKU B002295

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.

  • Format : Standard 2nd Hand Paperback
  • Condition : Good (Almost Very Good)
  • Category : Non-Fiction : Philosophy, Religion & Spirituality
  • Published : 2018 (This Edition 2019 - Penguin Random House)
  • ISBN : 9780141986258
  • SKU : B002295
  • PPC : SP400gm
  • RRP : £12.99
  • Quantity Available : 1 only.

Based on The Award Winning Radio 4 Series.

External Reviews

"Neil MacGregor has produced an elegantly written book with "Living with the Gods" and it was an enjoyable experience to read it. He covers places of worship, festivals, idols, icons, texts and songs in a manner which held my attention from page one.
I will revisit it in the future." -
Google Review.

"The new blockbuster by the museums maestro Neil MacGregor. The man who chronicles world history through objects is back . . . examining a new set of objects to explore the theme of faith in society" - Sunday Times.

The Author

Neil MacGregor was Director of the National Gallery, London from 1987 to 2002 and of the British Museum from 2002 to 2015.

In 2010, he was made a member of the Order of Merit, the UK's highest civil honour. He is now Chair of the Steering Committee of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin.