Book Review

In Yonder Stalled

The Silence of Animals: On Progress and Other Modern Myths by John Gray

Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013
(240 pages, $26.00, hardcover)

In a series of profound and unsettling publications over the past decade, John Gray, emeritus professor of European thought at the London School of Economics, has argued that we are not really so different from our less-enlightened ancestors. Gray contends that most modern people struggle through life clinging to fragile and often incoherent beliefs about reality just as their forebears did, creating mythologies to preserve existential meaning and significance. His original thinking on these subjects may be found in his controversial 2002 book, . . .

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Matthew Anderson is a doctoral student in Religious and Theological Studies at Georgetown University, and a research assistant with the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs. An Anglican priest, he has served in Washington, D.C., and Egypt.

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