A History of God by Karen Armstrong

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BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Armstrong's Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.

In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. From classical philsophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the modern age of skepticism, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic.
 

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Karen Armstronga (TM)s first book, the bestselling Through the Narrow Gate (1981), described her seven years as a nun in a Roman Catholic order. She has published numerous books, including A History of God, which has been translated into thirty languages, A History of Jerusalem and In the Beginning: A New Reading of Genesis. Her more recent works include Islam: A Short History and Buddha, which was an international bestseller. Since 1982 she has been a freelance writer and broadcaster. She lives in London.
 
Published August 10, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 496 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy, Children's Books. Non-fiction

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Although this approach is standard among religious scholars, Armstrong uses it to particular advantage in underscoring the historical correspondences among the three faiths- -for example, examining the messianic fervor that surrounded the career of the Sabbatai Zevi (the 12th-century rabbi who bu...

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This is an pedestrian study from the noted and popular religion scholar, in which Armstrong takes a historical approach to myth, tracing its evolution through a series of periods, from the Paleolithic to the postmyth Great Western Transformation.

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To Armstrong, modern, aggressively righteous fundamentalists of all three faiths represent ``a retreat from God.'' She views as inevitable a move away from the idea of a personal God who behaves like a larger version of ourselves, and welcomes the grouping of believers toward a notion of God that...

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The Islamic countries, Armstrong argues, have been ""reduced to a dependent bloc by the European powers."" Armstrong also rehearses some basics about Islamic fundamentalism in a section that will be familiar to anyone who has read her recent study, The Battle for God.

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"Is the 'God' who is rejected by atheists today," she pointedly asks, "the God of the patriarchs, the God of the prophets, the God of the philosophers, the God of the mystics or the God of the 18th-century deists?"

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Daily Kos

For example, if a word is preceded by an extraneous vav - translated as "and" - the vav/and must have some special meaning apart from the text.

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Spirituality & Practice

They are interested in ideas of God that supersede the outmoded Big Brother in the Sky, the anthropomorphic concept of God as lawgiver and ruler, and the unappealing image of God as an angry tyrant.

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