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Living with the Gods By Neil MacGregor

Living with the Gods
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Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples by Neil MacGregor

A panoramic exploration of peoples, objects and beliefs over 40,000 years from the celebrated author of A History of the World in 100 Objects and Germany, following the new BBC Radio 4 documentary and British Museum exhibition.

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.

'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

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Living with the Gods Reviews


Neil MacGregor is pre-eminently a teacher. He possesses the teacher's two vital gifts, which are the ability to distinguish things that are interesting from things that are not, and the capacity to change the second category into the first ... a mind-expanding book -- John Carey * Sunday Times *
The David Attenborough of things that don't move ... Think of it as his Blue Planet -- Bryan Appleyard * Sunday Times *
He shows how human beings have always used religion and objects as a way to understand the world around us, from finding some accommodation with light, water and the seasons, to attempting to find some approach towards death. ... Anyone wishing to deepen, if not change their life, will certainly benefit from this remarkable book -- Douglas Murray * Evening Standard *
Superbly illustrated, with objects and people and places that range far beyond the museum doors, to almost every corner of the world -- Noel Malcolm * Sunday Telegraph *
This scholarly, elegantly written book is a reminder of how seldom, when visiting a museum, most of us take the time to inquire into what lies behind the objects we look at. Living with the Gods is a celebration of curiosity -- Caroline Moorehead * Guardian *
Our eyes are opened to ways of being human that are unlike anything we could ever experience for ourselves ... Not only is the ancient past made accessible, our present reality is also made strangely questionable -- Angela Tilby * Literary Review *
The strength of the book is its thoughtful and sometimes provocative reflections on religion and religiosity through this exceptional range of artefacts -- Linda Hogan * Irish Times *

About Neil MacGregor


Neil MacGregor was Director of the National Gallery, London from 1987 to 2002 and of the British Museum from 2002 to 2015, and Chair of the Steering Committee of the Humboldt Forum in Berlin from 2015 to 2018. His previous books include A History of the World in 100 Objects, Shakespeare's Restless World and Germany: Memories of a Nation, all available in Penguin and now between them translated into more than a dozen languages. In 2010, he was made a member of the Order of Merit, the UK's highest civil honour. In 2015 he was awarded the Goethe Medal and the German National Prize. In 2018 the radio series Living with the Gods received the Sandford Saint Martin Award for Religious Broadcasting.

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GOR009456624
Living with the Gods: On Beliefs and Peoples by Neil MacGregor
Neil MacGregor
Used - Like New
Hardback
Penguin Books Ltd
2018-09-17
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0241308291
9780241308295
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