The Great Transformation by Karen Armstrong
The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

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From Karen Armstrong, the bestselling author of A History of God and The Spiral Staircase, comes this extraordinary investigation of a critical moment in the evolution of religious thought.In the ninth century BCE, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have endured to the present day--the development of Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Armstrong, one of our most prominent religious scholars, examines how these traditions began in response to the violence of their time. Studying figures as diverse as the Buddha and Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah, Armstrong reveals how these still enduring philosophies can help address our contemporary problems.


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About Karen Armstrong

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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 March 28, 2006 by Anchor. 592 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Karen Armstrong examines humanity's spiritual evolution from nature worship to an inward-looking, compassionate approach to life.

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Karen Armstrong traces the evolution of the great religious traditions.

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The Guardian

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The Great Transformation: The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah by Karen Armstrong 443pp, Atlantic Books, £19.99.

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Having already recounted "a history of God," the redoubtable Armstrong here narrates the evolution of the religious traditions of the world from their births to their maturity.

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Christian Science Monitor

Between 900 and 200 BCE, breakthroughs around the world laid the foundation for the emergence of today's major faiths.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Worth Star-Telegram 2.5 of 5 Stars "While the book is full of solid analysis of the beginnings of the world’s major religion, Armstrong fails to present the material in a readable fashion.

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Spirituality & Practice

She presents a chronological and in-depth assessment of the sages of this incredible "Axial Age" with portraits of the Buddha, Socrates, Plato, Confucius, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, the mystics of the Upanishads, Mencius, Euripides, and well as the later sages in their lines, including Jesus and Muhammad.

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