The Dog Allusion: Pets, Gods and How to be Human

The Dog Allusion Pets Gods and How to be Human As with dogs so with gods by and large you should blame the owners A particular trait common to all human civilisations is the worship of non human entities with followings of devotees who claim t

  • Title: The Dog Allusion: Pets, Gods and How to be Human
  • Author: Martin Rowson
  • ISBN: 9780099521334
  • Page: 418
  • Format: Paperback
  • As with dogs, so with gods by and large, you should blame the owners A particular trait, common to all human civilisations, is the worship of non human entities with followings of devotees who claim that their reverence can transport them to transcendental heights of complete and unfettered love.Do we mean God No we mean Dog Dogs and other pets we ve been keeping a As with dogs, so with gods by and large, you should blame the owners A particular trait, common to all human civilisations, is the worship of non human entities with followings of devotees who claim that their reverence can transport them to transcendental heights of complete and unfettered love.Do we mean God No we mean Dog Dogs and other pets we ve been keeping and loving since we began walking on two feet But why do we love God and pets so much when their capriciousness sometimes suggests that they don t love us back In this wise, witty and highly topical book, celebrated cartoonist and novelist Martin Rowson argues that rationally, the whole enterprise of religion is a monumental and faintly ridiculous waste of time and money But then again, so is pet keeping.

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    1. Now, I am a Martin Rowson fan having ploughed my way through Stuff, the highlight of my reading year, and The Waste Land "seen", which awakened me (again) to the graphic novel. This book is, as he says, a rant. A reference to pets open and close the rant, God and god occupies the middle, and 'how to be human' is a thinly disguised plug for humanism, an ethical form of politics if I understand the rant correctly. I guess the downfall is the pet elephant in the room, the spectre of Dawkins looms l [...]

    2. I've got to say as a 16 year old atheist first reading this book a lot of it went over my head and I'm not ashamed to say that I looked up a lot of words, phrases and people. But, this just made the book more enjoyable - it's good to know that you're actually learning while reading a book. Overall, I found this book to be a great overview, or a short history, of the origins and meanings of religion. Rowson comes at the issue from a clearly atheist point of view, make no mistake, but he shows cle [...]

    3. Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Rowson makes so many good points regarding religion, politics and, most humourously, pets! The way he compares the idea of God and organised religion to the act of keeping a pet is remarkable, and it's hard not to laugh at loud at his comical descriptions of world politics and religion. However, although funny, Rowson doesn't fail to highlight the seriousness of his arguments and the negative impact religion is having on politics and society in general. The way he d [...]

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