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A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam Paperback – August 9, 1994
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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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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!
Full of facts and sources, writing and literature, and crammed with history and information, this book is THE source for the history of the monotheist God. From pre-Judaic concepts of God in Babylon to the formation of the nation of Israel and Abraham, through the Jewish periods (Mosaic, Temple Judaism, Prophets, etc) and into Jesus of Nazareth.. then early Christianity, the formation of the Catholic church as we recognize today, and into Muhammad and the start of Islam. It gets better: Armstrong continues into depth with the God of the philosophers, the mystics and their divine wisdom, and then into the death of God and the future of God.
I bought this book for a college course titled "The Idea of God" and we used the text as a reference for our study, as it took us gently through the history of this monotheist idea of God.
One thing worth noting: It is recommended to have a search engine on hand, as Armstrong tends to assume that readers are already on top of this kind of knowledge. Sometimes it can be a little dense in the beginning, but once you get into it you may find yourself reading it for pure enjoyment and knowledge, as well as wisdom.
There is much to gain in this book and I recommend it for anyone who is Jewish, Christian, Islam, any other religion, or considers themselves spiritual. If you're looking for the stuff you don't learn in church, Armstrong has it all. Prepare to be amazed at all the things you never knew and have your idea of God change, for the better.