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A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam Kindle Edition
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“A brilliantly lucid, spendidly readable book. [Karen] Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying.”—The Sunday Times (London)
“Absorbing . . . A lode of learning.”—Time
“The most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history—the quest for God. Karen Armstrong is a genius.”—A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life
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THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
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. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- Publication date : August 10, 2011
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 564 pages
- File size : 10451 KB
- Publisher : Ballantine Books (August 10, 2011)
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- ASIN : B005DB6LSG
- Language: : English
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #56,781 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Now, as far as the book is concerned, i enjoyed it. It was enlightening, informative, and awakening especially to someone like me who is on a quest to find out if religion or God has a place in my life!
I have always believed that religion is man made as well as its rules and laws to control, manipulate, and intimidate us! This book has reinforced this idea as there are hundreds of religious variations of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
I was raised an Orthodox Jew and have alway questioned and searched for my own understanding and I will continue to search for “my”truth!
Within the first chapter, by page 15 there had been multiple references of I presume Yhwh being referred to as "Our Creator God" and "Our God."
I only read the first chapter before deciding to return it. Within the first chapter, there wasn't any clarification to which god she was referring to by saying "God" and even "Our God." That's incredibly vague and frankly inappropriate for a book about objective truth. I have no interest in learning about whom Karen Armstrong thinks is her god, but rather the development of Judaism from polytheism mixed with Babylonian myths into Judeo-Christian mythology.
I do not recommend reading this book if you are looking for an objective perspective, as Karen Armstrong wrote this from a mystical christian perspective.