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  • Published: 3 December 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141986258
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $24.99

Living with the Gods

On Beliefs and Peoples

  • Neil MacGregor



The panoramic exploration of how belief shapes us, from the celebrated author of A History of the World in 100 Objects

No society on Earth lacks beliefs about where it has come from, its place in the world, and the connection of individuals to the eternal. Until recently, it was widely assumed that religion was on the wane almost everywhere: now, far from becoming marginalised, the relationship between faith and society has moved to the centre of politics and global conversation. Neil MacGregor's new book traces how different societies have understood and articulated their place in the cosmic scheme. He examines mankind's beliefs not from the perspective of institutional religions, but by focusing on the shared narratives that have shaped societies - and on what happens when different narratives run up against each other. MacGregor brilliantly turns his kaleidoscope of objects, places and ideas to set these pressing contemporary concerns in the long perspectives of time and place.

  • Published: 3 December 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141986258
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • RRP: $24.99

Praise for Living with the Gods

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

The David Attenborough of things that don't move ... Think of it as his Blue Planet

Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

A mind-expanding book

John Carey, Sunday Times

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