Godless Morality

Keeping Religion Out of Ethics

Do we have to be religious to be moral? Do we have to believe in God to be good? These questions may sound impertinent to people without a religion or clear belief in God who are trying to lead a good life.
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A fascinating exploration of human morality from the Sunday Times bestselling author of Waiting for the Last Bus and Leaving Alexandria

If the use of God in a moral debate raises more problems than it solves, is it better to leave God out of the argument altogether and find strong human reasons for the rules we live by? Godless Morality is a refreshing, courageous and human-centred justification for contemporary morality.

“The title of this book might suggest it is an unusual one for the Bishop of Edinburgh to have written, but one can’t help be glad that he did … Holloway’s language and style are engaging, his research conscientious and his conclusions thoughtful and frequently wise”
sunday Times

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“Passionate [and] provocative”

“A book of morals for our brave new world, by a very wise man indeed. Inspiring. Fascinating. Full of hope”
Fay Weldon

“Lucid and exhilarating”
independent On Sunday

“His conclusions are refreshing … a brave and scholarly book”

Richard Holloway was Bishop of Edinburgh and Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church. A former Gresham Professor of Divinity and Chairman of the Joint Board of the Scottish Arts Council and Scottish Screen, he is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Leaving Alexandria won the PEN/Ackerley Prize and was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize. Holloway has written for many newspapers in Britain, including The Times, Guardian, Observer, Herald and Scotsman. He has also presented many series for BBC television and radio; Waiting for the Last Bus originated as a five-part series on Radio 4 in 2016.

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