A History of God The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (Paperback)
|Author: Karen Armstrong|
|One of Britains leading religious scholars, the author of Through the Narrow Gate explores the evolution of the idea and experience of God, from Abraham to the present day. Reprint. *Author: Armstrong, Karen *Subtitle: The 4000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam *Publication Date: 1994/09/01 *Number of Pages: 460 *Binding Type: Paperback *Language: English *Depth: 1.25 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 8.25|
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In this stunningly intelligent book, one of Britain's foremost religious scholars distills the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic. (Theology)
Karen Armstrong explores the parallel developments of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, noting the similarities and differences that distinguish these major monotheistic world religions.This erudite and thought-provoking book is an excellent introduction to three major religious faiths--Judaism, Christianity, and Islam--and their differing views of God, as well as the way these views have shaped the world. Karen Armstrong's personal history includes time spent as a nun in her homeland of England; this fact makes her comparative religious study resonate with a passion that testifies to her own quest for understanding. Far from being a dry, academic tome, A HISTORY OF GOD is written in a lucid conversational style that engages readers and takes them on a ride through humanity's often convoluted relationship with the divine. Armstrong's basic idea is that successful religions and sects have always relied on effectiveness and pragmatism rather than philosophy or historical tradition. This is key to her theory that, while the major religions are in sharp contrast to each other in ritual and practice, they collaborate in their mystical traditions--traditions, she asserts, that have developed from an abstract, collective unconscious that does not rely on symbols and liturgy. A HISTORY OF GOD is a fascinating book that reverently questions the existence of God while championing the existence of the soul.
"The most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history....Karen Armstrong is a genius." - A. N. Wilson
Where did God come from?2/24/2014
The author shares the results of her research into the concepts different peoples and religions have of God. She is openly skeptical about giving authority to any religious book, including the Bible, but does quote it when she finds it convenient, as she does various authors. For her, God is a concept, not a reality to relate to.
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