A History of God

A History of God

The 4000-year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

Book - 1994
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Random House, Inc.
"An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers."
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.

Baker & Taylor
Explores the evolution of the idea and experience of God, from Abraham to the present day.

Blackwell North Amer
As soon as they became recognizably human, men and women - in their hunger to understand their own presence on earth and the mysteries within and around them - began to worship gods. Karen Armstrong's masterly and illuminating book explores the ways in which the idea and experience of God evolved among the monotheists - Jews, Christians and Muslims.

Baker
& Taylor

One of Britain's leading religious scholars, the author of Through the Narrow Gate explores the evolution of the idea and experience of God, from Abraham to the present day. Reprint.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1994
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed
Description: xxiii, 460 p. : maps ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9780345384560
0345384563
Branch Call Number: 291.211 Arm

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ezhurbin
Nov 10, 2016

This book provides a comprehensive review of the origins and development of the idea of God in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The book covers a lot of ground, very readable, interesting and inspiring. It's a great starting point in the search for God and there is a list of further suggested readings in the end, which i found very useful. I've learned tons from this book and it inspired me to search for my own true beliefs.

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levioque
Nov 20, 2013

All religions are derived from ancient Sun worship and astral events are turned into allegorical stories in them. Unfortunately, these comments are moderated in a way that no meaningful comments are allowed on this forum. Religious freedom means that everyone has the right to be fooled by their own particular religion, the pupose of which is control of the animal-like masses. This is why the church ceremony is called "mass" or "messe" (mess].

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Mohini_murti
Nov 12, 2013

I am still going through the book, but Karen Armstrong is a delightful writer. As she is an agnostic, she retells the history of the developing understanding of the idea of God in the three main monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam, touching on Hinduism and Buddhism as well. It reads as an academic opinion rather than going to the extremes of conjecture.

It tells us that God, or at least the idea of it, has changed and evolved throughout the centuries, shaped according to culture, geography, history, and community.

This is my first book of her literature, and I am veritably impressed. I am sure that other agnostic theists (I am one) would also enjoy this book, with an open mind.

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naturalist
Dec 10, 2012

More correctly, the title should read: "A History of the Idea of God"

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durogoff
Jan 11, 2011

You must also read Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion.

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SunKing2
Jan 10, 2011

You might also enjoy David Weddle's "Miracles", 2010.

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