Truck Month Textbook Trade In Amazon Fashion Learn more nav_sap_plcc_ascpsc $5 Albums Fire TV with 4k Ultra HD Beauty Mother's Day Gifts Amazon Gift Card Offer ctstrph2 ctstrph2 ctstrph2  Amazon Echo  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Echo Dot  Amazon Tap  Amazon Echo Fire, Only $39.99 Kindle Paperwhite AutoRip in CDs & Vinyl Shop Now SnS
Customer Review

5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Book Explains Ourselves, March 26, 2012
This review is from: Immortality: The Quest to Live Forever and How It Drives Civilization (Hardcover)
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
I greatly enjoyed this book - perhaps because everything the author said resonated with me, as he explained the four ways people search for immortality (not dying, having a soul that lives on, being reborn, and leaving a legacy - usually children, but also one's "works".)

As an atheist, I have studied religion - all religions - as a way "those in charge" used to control the masses. It's also interesting to think of it from the point of view of people wanting to achieve immortality because they do not want to die, to face the "great unknown," and it is so much more comforting to believe they will live on in a "heaven," which will make all their suffering on earth worthwhile.

I like the author's voice - he writes well and with humor, and explains his premises clearly.

There were a few minor errors of fact that I caught - as I'm a student of Egyptology and Stephen Cave shares the story of Akhenaten, the Egyptian pharaoh who was the first "monotheist" - defying the rest of his people who worshiped many gods in order to worship the only god, Aten, the sun. He talks of Tutankamun, Akhenaten's son, without mentioning that King Tut's original name was Tutankaten, and that it was changed when, after Akhenaten's death, Egypt went back to worshiping the old gods. (He also mentioned that in 1913, the German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt found the bust of Nefertiti, but does not mention that it actually was not perfect - one of her eyes, and only her eye, had not been painted).

He also says, "the three great monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam all also believe in literal, physical resurrection as a central doctrine."

This isn't strictly true - the Pharisees believed in resurrection, the Saduccees didn't.

But these are minor nitpicks.

Cave has written a fast-moving, but fascinating, book that will serve as the starting point for people who are interested in history - as they will look upon their favorite historical entities (whether ancient Egyptians, ancient Chinese or Japanese, and so on) with new eyes. It will spur others to start researching into these time periods.

And of course it will help the reader see with new ideas the events that are happening today.

Highly recommended.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
  [Cancel]


Review Details