Living With the Devil: A Meditation on Good and Evil

Recently issued in paperback, this volume furthers Batchelor’s explorations of secular Buddhism balanced against Western literature, Eastern philosophy, modern science and a non-theistic spiritual framework. With references to the Bible, the Talmud, Nietzche and Pascal, Batchelor has carved out a sweet spot in the gaps between religions and the history of recorded human nature. Rendering his views in beautiful, lyrical prose that is stimulating and soothing, he explores issues that seem globally prescient without limiting them to a narrow timeliness. He considers base human values and philosophies that are at the root of all religious and spiritual experiences. Batchelor filters all this through his personal secular Buddhism and avoids any prescriptions or solutions for the Devil problem, offering wisdom and reflection for all.