A History of God: From Abraham to the Present : the 4000-year Quest for God

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Vintage, 1999 - Belief and doubt - 543 pages
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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 society'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.

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Review: A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

User Review  - Sami - Goodreads

A very good beginner's read on the subject of History of Monotheism. Read full review

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User Review  - Molly Zeigler - Goodreads

Ugh. Bit of a disappointment really. Too much of a slog when it got down to it. It's a shame - the topic is fascinating. Certainly the scope is a bit ambitious - but that's part of the attraction (and ... Read full review

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About the author (1999)

Karen Armstrong is one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun in the 1960s, but then left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. She is a best-selling author of over 15 books. An accomplished writer and passionate campaigner for religious liberty, Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and the Senate and has participated in the World Economic Forum.

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