- WISE AND DOWN-TO-EARTH ANSWERS TO 80 OF THE ETERNAL QUESTIONS WE ARE LIKELY TO PONDER AT MORE THOUGHTFUL MOMENTS ON LIFE’S JOURNEY
- INCLUDES MORE THAN 150 QUOTATIONS FROM A WIDE RANGE OF SOURCES, BOTH SECULAR AND SPIRITUAL
- WIDE-RANGING, CHALLENGING & STIMULATING QUESTIONS FOR THE MODERN DAY THINKER
Gerald Benedict, a philosopher trained in issues of knowledge and faith, offers us a wealth of ideas that prompt us to think more seriously and systematically about those universal questions – with the help of quotations from great thinkers and writers through the ages. As we read and engage with a stimulating text, our minds are opened to new ideas and our lives enriched.
This book provides nimble, wise and perceptive responses to questions that have no absolute answers: instead, the author aims to stimulate thought and discussion that will lead to deeper understanding and further exploration. The same question will prompt different answers for different people.
Dr Benedict’s masterly discussions, which are informal and not at all academic, draw on sacred texts, humanist writings and poetry from all over the world, all through the centuries, to illuminate the issues – leaving readers free to come to their own conclusions.
Armed with this book you are equipped not only to reach your own informed conclusions about the big questions of life, but also to engage knowledgeably in the to-and-fro of debate with family and friends.
Gerald Benedict graduated in Divinity from the University of London, and has a postgraduate diploma from the School of Ecumenical Studies, University of Geneva, and a Ph.D. from the Open University. His main academic interest is comparative religious philosophy, and after teaching religious studies and philosophy in colleges and universities in Britain, he moved to France. He is the author of the Watkins Dictionary of Religious and Secular Faiths and a number of books about the Mayan civilisation, including The Mayan Prophecies: 2012 – the Message and the Vision and The Maya: 2012 – the end of the world or the dawn of enlightenment? He has won awards for a novel, several short stories, and a radio drama for the BBC World Service.
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