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Godless Morality Paperback – July 30, 2004
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Holloway has recently stepped down as Bishop of Edinburgh. He is "one of the most outspoken and best-loved figures in the modern church." And I had the privilege of hearing him speak recently at a seminar on the future of faith. It is perhaps because I heard him expound upon his views that I learned so much by going back to read his book. Yet I find the writing to be clear and convincing on its own. I was shocked and pleased to read this from the good Bishop's pen: "Paradoxically, it is scripture itself that calls us to overturn scripture; it is the witness of the living word of Jesus that challenges us to follow the logic that scripture was made for humanity and not humanity for scripture." These are courageous words indeed for a Bishop to write and preach. He deserves praise and support for this stand.
Richard Holloway challenges us on many levels of our daily lives. He changes our concept of how to choose between competing moral values (often good values, not straight good versus straight evil). He makes us think about our institutions of marriage, church, and government as the recipient of our moral judgments and challenges us to live up to the responsibility with a Godless Morality. Excellent book.
Fundamentalists of all stripes will undoubtably object to Bishop Holloway's efforts to outline a moral system requiring the consent of those who live within it. Such a system would potentially undermine the absolute authority that Church, State, Synagogue, Mosque and Temple have too often claimed for themselves.
Despite the inevitable objections of the ethical establishment, Bishop Holloway's intellectually sophisticated argument offers the possibility of a new morality that will appeal to the millions who have opted out of older, absolute, authoritarian systems.
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This very readable book helps one to understand how there are moral codes without the direction and rules of church hierarchy or religious direction. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Robin McMurdo
Man must accept the blame for his inability to act morally. With or without a thought of God, we owe it to our fellow man as well as to ourselves to act in a just and moral manner.Published on October 12, 2013 by Quinta42
This is an amazing book. The introduction, where Holloway establishes a case for why we should establish a Godless morality, and the first chapter, where he describes his approach... Read morePublished on July 29, 2010 by Jeremiah Joplin
The key to understanding Holloway's approach can be summed up by saying: the book is a rational and humane attempt to get away from the "and God said" kind of morality (divine... Read morePublished on May 30, 2010 by Steven G. Ogden
I bought this for my mother for Christmas. She has already read it and really enjoyed it. She said the author is brilliant.Published on January 4, 2010 by Allison Maclaughlan