Okay, I have, to date, given Grayling a lot of crap for the contents of this book, but now there’s finally something worth talking about. The Lawgiver, as a section of The Good Book, finally lives up to its promise.
It’s a meditation on the subject of governance and justice, of politics and law. And it says many a sensible thing on the subject, and draws some excellent examples from Greek and Roman politics that really illustrate how timeless the truths of human nature in politics are. It makes me want to read some of his other works – the ones less about religion and more about politics (of course, that’s easy for me to say, with a copy of Liberty in the Age of Terror : A Defence of Civil Society and Enlightenment Values sitting on my shelf awaiting my attention). There’s only three more books to go in this one – and for the first time in months, I’m actually looking forward to them.