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Beyond Belief by [Mackay, Hugh]
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Language: English

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What do people actually mean when they say 'God'?

Around two-thirds of us say we believe in God or some 'higher power', but fewer than one in ten Australians attend church weekly. In Beyond Belief, Hugh Mackay presents this discrepancy as one of the great unexamined topics of our time. He argues that while our attachment to a traditional idea of God may be waning, our desire for a life of meaning remains as strong as ever.

Mackay interviews dozens of Australians representing many different points on the spectrum of faith, including some who are part of the emerging 'spiritual but not religious' movement. He exposes the deep vein of ambivalence about religion that runs through our society: we may not actively worship, but we still like to see local churches operating in our midst, and we use 'our' church to marry, christen our babies, educate our children and commemorate our dead. He points out some uncomfortable truths, such as our tendency to call on God only in a crisis, and unpacks our human need for 'answers', even when science can't find them. He endorses the Christian ideal of the good life - a life lived for others - but acknowledges that there are many pathways to that same goal, not all of them religious.

Written with all the insight and compassion we have come to expect of our leading chronicler of Australian life, Beyond Belief is an engrossing exploration of the ways we find spiritual fulfilment in an avowedly secular age.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1098 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Australia (26 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Macmillan (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01BM64B0U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #55,857 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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A good read. While some of Mackay's observations about the specific beliefs of Christianity could have been better researched. He does do what he sets out to do in the book and describe the nature of the path society seems to be on "Post religion".
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I read in religion and spirituality routinely. Its a passion of mine. Were I not a fan of Hugh Mackay from long ago I'd never consider him as an authority on religion and spirituality. Hugh does something no other author I have read has been able to do. He uses respectful secular language to build a compelling case for thinking about religion and spirituality beyond the usual biased or barbed arguments. Hugh builds on his very evident wide reading and scholarly treatment of other people's ideas with something rare in the subject area - actual research - talking to real people about what they think and believe (this was his domain of professional expertise in his professional life). Beyond Belief is a gem of a book and ideal for anybody who is thinking about what religion and spirituality might have to offer them. It is a rational, coherent, respectful and gentle contemplation on faith and belief supported by a deep insight into what it is to be human.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A well written and informative read. 30 July 2016
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A very good read for those interested in religion, spirituality, beliefs and how people are dealing with such things.
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Avery helpful review of the current state of religious being
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A well balanced review of current opinions. Good to know your not alone.
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Excellent summary of some complex issues
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