A History of God: The 4000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

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9780679426004: A History of God: The 4000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam

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'An invigorating, unpretentious, sympathetic history, of interest to believers curious about what they believe, and non-believers fascinated by belief, as non-believers ought to be' Observer

'This is the most fascinating and learned survey of the biggest wild-goose chase in history - the quest for God. Karen Armstrong is a genius' A.N. Wilson

The idea of a single devine being - God, Yahweh, Allah - has existed for over 4,000 years. But the history of God is also the history of human struggle. While Judaism, Islam and Christianity proclaim the goodness of God, organised religion has too often been the catalyst for violence and ineradicable prejudice.

In this fascinating, extensive and original account of the evolution of belief, Karen Armstrong examines Western socitety's unerring fidelity to this idea of One God and the many conflicting convictions it engenders. A controversial, extraordinary story of worship and war, A History of God confronts the most fundamental fact - or fiction - of our lives.

'Witty, informative and contemplative: Ms Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic' New York Times Book Review

'Armstrong shows a reverent curiosity and a generosity of spirit, refreshing the understanding of what one knows and providing a clear introduction to the unfamiliar' Rt Revd Robert Runcie, Daily Telegraph

'Only those who think they know it all will fail to be fascinated by Armstrong's search for God' Economist

Also by Karen Armstrong: [jpeg of The Case for God]; [jpeg of In the Beginning]

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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 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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Description du livre Alfred A. Knopf, Random House, Inc., New York, 1993. Hardcover. État : New. Etat de la jaquette : New. 1st Edition. BRILLIANT: NEW hardcover 1st edition (orig. October 6, 1993), 4th printing (also October 1993), new unclipped mylar-protected jacket showing orig. price of $27.50 at top right inside flyleaf, new cover w/ natural wheat-white silk-finish linen wrapping spine & extending 1.50" onto front & back panels covered in fine ivory paper w/ titles elegantly silver-stamped on spine & Star of David w/ Christian Cross & Islamic Crescent handsomely silver-stamped at center top of front panel, immaculate text-block exterior w/ top & bottom edges smooth-cut & cut-page-style deckle side-edging, impeccable ivory card-stock end-papers, new binding w/ tight signatures & ivory cloth banding at spine-caps, pristine interior printed w/ handsome clarity in digitized Janson on excellent paper * 9 b-w line-maps (vii) * Introduction (xvii), Glossary (401), Notes (409), Suggestions for further reading (427), Index (437-460) * 6.50" x 9.50" x 1.50", 0.90 kg, xxiv+460 (484) pp. * As soon as they became recognizably human, men & women, in their hunger to understand their own presence on earth (& the mysteries within & around them) began to worship gods. Karen Armstrong's masterly & illuminating book explores the ways in which the "idea" & "experience" of God evolved among the monotheists: Jews, Christians & Muslims. Weaving a multicolored fabric of historical, philosophical, intellectual & social developments & insights, Armstrong shows how, at various times through the centuries, each of the monotheistic religions has held a subtly different concept of God. At the same time she draws our attention to the basic & profound similarities among them, making it clear that in all of them God has been & is experienced intensely, passionately & often (especially in the West) traumatically. Some monotheists have seen darkness, desolation & terror, where others have seen light & transfiguration; the reasons for these inherent differences are examined & the people behind them are brought to life. We look first at the gradual move away from the pagan gods to the full-fledged monotheism of the Jews during the exile in Babylon. Next considered is the development of parallel, yet different, perceptions & beliefs among Christians & Muslims. The book then moves "generationally" through time to examine the God of the philosophers & mystics in all three traditions, the God of the Reformation, the God of the Enlightenment & finally the 19th- & 20th-century challenges of skeptics & atheists, as well as the fiercely reductive faith of the fundamentalists of our own day. Armstrong suggests that any particular idea of God must (if it is to survive) "work" for the people who develop it, & that the ideas of God change when they cease to be effective. She argues that the concept of a personal God who behaves like a larger version of ourselves was suited to mankind at a certain stage but no longer works for an increasing number of people. Understanding the ever-changing ideas of God in the past & their relevance & usefulness in their time, she says, is a way to begin the search for a new concept for the 21st-century. Her book shows that such a development is virtually inevitable, in spite of the despair of our increasingly "Godless" world, because it is a natural aspect of our humanity to seek a symbol for the ineffable reality that is universally perceived. * "She refreshes the understanding of what one knows, & provides a clear introduction to the unfamiliar . . . 'Yearning,' said Augustine, 'makes the heart run deep.' That is the theme which runs through this lucid book, & the note of hope on which it ends." - Robert Runcie, former Archbishop of Canterbury * "A brilliantly lucid, splendidly readable book. Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long & complex subject & reduce it to its fundamentals, without oversimplifying." Sister Wendy Beckett, the Sunday Times. N° de réf. du libraire 007290

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