This is a book about God.
Not just any god, but the god that created Adam and Eve; the god of Abraham, the god of the Jews; the god of the Christians; and the god of Islam---without a doubt, the most influential figure in the history of human civilization. But what do we really know about him? Who is he? Where did he come from? What does he look like? What sort of character does he have? What, if anything, does he eat? Does he have a family? In what ways can he be said to even exist at all?
Alexander Waugh has been asking questions like these for as long as he can remember. Now, having drawn from an enormous range of sources, from the sacred books of the Torah, the Christian New Testament, and the Islamic Qur'an, from the Greek Apocrypha and the ancient texts of Nag Hammadi to the Dead Sea Scrolls, he has sought out the answers. Using material gleaned from the diverse writings of saints, rabbis, historians, prophets, atheists, poets, and mystics, he has molded his findings into a singular, striking biographical portrait of God.
Erudite, perceptive, and entertaining, God reveals many startling and unexpected characteristics of the divine being. From the simple stories of Genesis and Job, explored from God's own viewpoint, to the prophecies of Muhammad and Sybil and the intricate philosophies of Newton and Nietzsche, Alexander Waugh has left no stone unturned in his compulsive mission to create a fascinating and complex portrait of God, as humans have claimed to understand him.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
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About the Author
Alexander Waugh was born in 1963, and is the grandson of Evelyn Waugh, and a son of columnist Auberon Waugh and novelist Teresa Waugh. After studying music at Manchester University, he became Chief Opera Critic at the Mail on Sunday and the London Evening Standard. He has written several books on music, including Classical Music: A New Way of Listening, which has been translated into fourteen languages. He is also a publisher, cartoonist, composer, and illustrator. He lives in Somerset, England, with his wife and three children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Alexander Waugh's excellent little book delves into some of the stranger stories associated with Judeo-Christian-Muslim belief. What Waugh makes clear is that much of the Old Testament is a collection of just-so stories that strain ones faculty of belief. Can one believe in a God who does silly and capricious things like asking Abraham to sacrifice his son, and then when he does do it, God says, 'Just kidding'? There's nothing wrong with belief in goodness, kindness and concern for one's fellow man, but this book clarifies the fact that the Judeo-Christian-Muslim belief system is so hopelessly out of date, so tied to a culture not our own (that of a small goat herding middle-eastern tribe that lived about 3 to 4 thousand years ago)that believers have to jump over backwards to make sense of some of its ideas, rules and tenets. What Waugh shows through this very entertaining book is that much of the Bible is pure drivel fit only for the minds of people with no imagination and little intelligence. That guarantees it will continue to survive for another 2000 years at least! I recommend it to all persons who need their unbelief refurbished.