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By A. C. Grayling

Drawn from the wealth of secular literature and philosophy in either Western and jap traditions, utilizing an identical suggestions of modifying, redaction, and model that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions, The stable Book consciously takes its layout and presentation from the Bible. In its great thing about language and its association into brief chapters and verses for ease of interpreting and quotability, it deals the non-religious seeker all of the knowledge, perception, solace, concept, and point of view of secular humanist traditions which are older, some distance richer, and extra a number of than Christianity. equipped in twelve major sections-Genesis, Histories, knowledge, The Sages, Parables, Consolations, Lamentations, Proverbs, Songs, Epistles, Acts, and the Good-The reliable Book opens with meditations at the beginning and growth of the realm and human existence in it, then devotes awareness to the query of the way lifestyles can be lived, how we relate to each other, and the way vicissitudes are to be confronted and joys preferred. encouraged by way of the writing of Herodotus and Lucretius, Confucius and Mencius, Seneca and Cicero, Montaigne, Bacon, and such a lot of others, The reliable Book fulfills its audacious objective in each way.

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