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19.11.2013 - An interview about my new book in London's Metro...

http://metro.co.uk/2013/11/19/matthew-kneale-religion-is-fascinating-and-dangerous-to-ignore-4191322/

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Sunday Telegraph 02.11.2013 – To make an almighty explosion, just add faith

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/10421645/To-make-an-almighty-explosion-just-add-faith.html

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New Statesman 24.10.2013 – Pope Francis’ mission to cleanse the Catholic Church of luxury

http://www.newstatesman.com/2013/10/austerity-pope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 


.......an atheist's history of belief.

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LATEST BOOK.....

'An Atheist's History of Belief, Understanding our most extraordinary invention' - the new non-fiction book from the author of 'English Passengers', winner of the Whitbread Book of the year Award'

 

"Matthew Kneale is an atheist but not a militant one. In this unusual and personal history, he seeks not to disprove belief in its various forms but to discover why we believe and what has shaped those beliefs. He structures his book as a collection of stories, lucidly told. He is not interested in institutions but in religion as a fundamental need – it is, he argues, “humankind’s greatest imaginative project".
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An Atheist’s History of Belief’ is a short, concise, and meticulously researched account, written by a fascinated non-believer. The book looks at how our beliefs developed, and, most of all, asks why we devised such things? What led us first to invent Gods? Why did we invent heaven, and introduce morality into religion? What led us to invent the end of the world? How did Christianity, a short-lived and intensely Jewish end of the world movement, go on to gain religious near monopoly over a large part of the globe?

This book does not concern itself with religious institutions and their power struggles. It likewise avoids religious jargon. Beginning 33,000 years ago and continuing up to the present, the book describes the beliefs that ordinary people developed to try and make sense of their world.

The book does not seek to belittle religious beliefs. It regards them as essential for a proper understanding of our world. The author considers belief to be greatest imaginative project - one that non-believers ignore at their peril. Human history, he feels, can be better understood, not through the clear air of scientific discovery, but rather through the murky waters of intense, emotional, and, at times, downright odd, beliefs.

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Copyright Matthew Kneale 2013
Matthew Kneale - An Atheist's History of Belief, Understanding our most extraordinary invention - the new non-fiction book from the author of 'English Passengers', winner of the Whitbread Book of the year Award