The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions (Google eBook)

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Mar 28, 2006 - Religion - 469 pages
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From Karen Armstrong, the bestselling author of A History of God and The Spiral Staircase, comes this extraordinary investigation of a critical moment in the evolution of religious thought.In the ninth century BCE, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have endured to the present day--the development of Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Armstrong, one of our most prominent religious scholars, examines how these traditions began in response to the violence of their time. Studying figures as diverse as the Buddha and Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah, Armstrong reveals how these still enduring philosophies can help address our contemporary problems.


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I came to be aware of this book through my research for my distant future fantasy/sci-fi novel 'Ice King: The Last Messiah'. I wanted to understand the origin and evolution of mankind's religious ... Read full review

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I want a sticker that says: "I just finished The Great Transformation" or "Ask me about the Axial Age!". Man, it took me a long time to finish this book. It was truly a project of a read. The Great ... Read full review

Contents

THE AXIAL PEOPLES c I600 to 900 BCE
15
RITUAL c goo to 800 ace
86
KNOWLEDGE c 700 to 600 BCE
141
SUFFERING c 600 to 530 BCE
167
EMPATHY c 530 to 450 BCE
202
EMPIRE c 300 to 220 acre
337
THE WAY FORWARD
373
Glossary
427
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434
Index
447
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About the author (2006)

KAREN ARMSTRONG is the author of numerous other books on religious affairs, including A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, and Buddha. Her work has been translated into forty languages, and she is the author of three television documentaries. Since September 11, 2001, she has been a frequent contributor to conferences, panels, newspapers, periodicals, and other media on both sides of the Atlantic on the subject of Islam. She lives in London.


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