Living with the Gods : On Beliefs and Peoples, by Neil McGregor ( paperback, Oct 2019)
A panoramic exploration of people's objects and beliefs over 40,000 years, following the new Radio 4 documentary and British Museum exhibition.
Yet this book is not a history of religion, nor an argument in favour of faith. It is about the stories which give shape to our lives, and the different ways in which societies imagine their place in the world. Looking across history and around the globe, it interrogates objects, places and human activities to try to understand what shared beliefs can mean in the public life of a community or a nation, how they shape the relationship between the individual and the state, and how they help give us our sense of who we are.