The History of God CD

The 4,000 Year Quest

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"Strange as it may seem, the idea of 'God' developed in a market economy in a spirit of aggressive capitalism," Karen Armstrong asserts in her fascinating work A History of God. Armstrong considers herself a "historian of ideas," and with t

"Strange as it may seem, the idea of 'God' developed in a market economy in a spirit of aggressive capitalism," Karen Armstrong asserts in her fascinating work A History of God. Armstrong considers herself a "historian of ideas," and with this broad view she gives a compelling account of the correspondences among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the historical, philosophical, intellectual, and social developments through the ages that both shaped them and were shaped by them.

Religion is "highly pragmatic," Armstrong finds. Any particular idea of God must work for the people who develop it. Consequently, as the times have changed, so have our ideas about God. "Understanding the ever-changing ideas of God in the past and their relevance and usefulness in their time," she says, "will help us to develop a new concept for the future."

Today an increasing number of people have difficulty with the idea of a God that behaves as a larger version of themselves. Armstrong sees this as inevitable, and welcomes believers to a notion of God that "works for us in the empirical age."

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Ha scritto il 02/03/10
A history of how we think of God
This is not a history of who God is, but a history of how human beings have thought about God and experienced God. Armstrong describes the history of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, but also draws links with Buddhism, philosophy and other 'be ...Continua
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Ha scritto il 09/10/09
Superb, with crucial omissions
In a 400-page book covering 4000 years of western religion, you just can't cover everything. Karen Armstrong does a fabulous job of presenting various schools of religious interpretation - God of the Philosophers, God of the Mystics, etc., showing n
Ha scritto il 03/08/08
這並不是本消閒或者通識的書,而是本宗教的專門書籍,對世界不同的宗教都有非常詳盡的介紹,很不容易讀。
This is a thick book and very difficult to read, if you wish to understand the full history and development of all world' religion. You must have this.
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Ha scritto il 09/02/08
Every now and again I discover a book about a subject I'd never even thought about before. I mean, everybody knows that God is up there in the sky and lets us into heaven if we've been good, and listens to our prayers, again if we are good. Right?
Ha scritto il 07/10/07
worth reading but take it with a grai nof salt
she seems to have a soft spot for Islamm. (comparing her harsh critism on Catholic & favorable opinions for Islam, one wonder if her being an ex-Catholic nun biasd her view.)

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