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For this book, Mick Gordon, a catholic of northern Irish extraction, decided to assemble a collection of interviews in which the people he found most interesting on the subject of religion and religious belief would take part. The end result gives us a wide range of opinions from an avowed atheists like Richard Dawkins and A.C. Grayling to committed evangelical christians ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published May 10th 2008 by Bloomsbury Academic
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Adam Lewis
Aug 10, 2011 Adam Lewis rated it it was amazing
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Our viewpoints on religion often have the danger of becoming parochial and trapped in an echo chamber - especially for those who take a less than scholarly approach to belief. This book gives us an excellent antidote as it provides an entire spectrum of beliefs running from Catholic, Islamic, and Jewish orthodoxy to thoroughgoing naturalism. From liberal to conservative perspectives, reform to traditional positions, antipathetic to sympathetic, there are few viewpoints left out.



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Sue
Feb 12, 2014 Sue rated it liked it
I enjoyed this (3,5) at times difficult, read. I realise what a wide spectrum of experts and scholars are out there representing different religions and beliefs and really how very ignorant I am. The interviews I enjoyed most were those with Don Cupitt (Cambridge priest & philosopher), father-son Lewis and Matthew Wolpert (of diametrically opposed beliefs)and the Muslim perspective of Shelina Janmohamed. I learned that the great scholars of Islam and most other religions are peaceful and tol ...more
M Christopher
Aug 08, 2014 M Christopher rated it liked it
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A good book to read in small chunks over time as the "conversations" of the title are somewhat repetitive. They are, in fact, interviews with a number of "religious" leaders (including atheists who disdain the title) in Great Britain conducted by Mick Gordon, a theatre director who specializes in thematic work based on such interviews.

I found the majority of these conversations to be enlightening, whether they were with Christian, Jewish or Moslem leaders. The conversations with the atheists, ho
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