The question arose early in British academic A.C. Grayling’s career:
What if those ancient compilers who’d made Bibles, the collected
religious texts that were translated, edited, arranged and published en
masse, had focused instead on assembling the non-religious teachings of
civilization’s greatest thinkers?
What if the book that billions have turned to for ethical guidance
wasn’t tied to commandments from God or any one particular tradition but
instead included the writings of Aristotle, the reflections of
Confucius, the poetry of Baudelaire? What would that book look like, and
what would it mean?
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