- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd; Main edition (6 August 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 184767254X
- ISBN-13: 978-1847672544
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 141 g
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Between The Monster And The Saint: Reflections on the Human Condition Paperback – 1 Jun 2010
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Holloway's reflections on the problem of evil are arresting and profound.--John Gray "Literary Review "
This is an inspirational writer at the height of his powers who does not shy away from personal revelation...His message deserves to be widely heard. It stands between us and chaos.--Bel Mooney "Daily Mail "
A vigorously argued tract...Richard Holloway brilliantly illuminates the divided spirit of man.--Mary Warnock "Observer "
'Between the Monster and the Saint' is an eloquent disquisition on humankind's self-division between our finer and our baser inclinations.--Salley Vickers "Independent On Sunday "
Holloway writes with clarity and compassion, and when whatever differences of means are set aside between him and other friends of humanity, all can agree that the end he has in view - that we should look on one another with eyes of sympathy - surely commands agreement.--AC Grayling "The Times "
Holloway writes with passion and honesty at all times, and the result is compelling.--Robin Baird-Smith "Observer "
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"Holloway's reflections on the problem of evil are arresting and profound." --Literary Review
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Being human isn't easy. We might think that consciousness and free will give us control over our lives. But our minds are dangerous and unpredictable places. We are susceptible to forces we don't understand. We are capable of inflicting immense cruelty on one another, and yet we also have the capacity to be tender. To empathise, to feel. Why?
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Richard was former Bishop of Edinburgh but later went on to reject traditional christian doctrine, and become an atheist to some degree, a position he describes as post-religionist.
The book reads like a well written sermon; that is, well-drafted anecdotes followed by some discussion/observations/meditation/citation of other thinkers, and then on to the next anecdote. It would have made great oratory, but as literature it isn't compelling. Perhaps this is because the philosophical framework is not well articulated? Or is the call for action not persuasive? Or he doesn't present any new information/new ideas to chew on? Like so many sermons, the anecdotes are interesting, but the connection between them tenuous and the overall presentation lacks logical rigor.