God: A Brief History

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DK Pub., 2002 - Religion - 400 pages
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Not just in words, but in art, dance, music and silence -- this book is the perfect overview for viewing divinity from every perspective. The history of God cannot possibly be told. How can you write the history of One who is outside time and space, and who has no beginning and no end? Nevertheless, the desire to understand and experience the divine is a fundamental human need. For billions of people, through many millennia, the quest to answer the basic questions of existence -- Why are we born? What will happen to us when we die? and how should we live out lives? -- has become a search for God. A Brief History of God explores the myriad ways in which humans have sought connection to the divine from the dawn of history to the present -- not just through religion and philosophy, but in art and literature, in music and dance, and in science.

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The former dean of Trinity College, Cambridge University now at Gresham College, Bowker (The Oxford Dictionary of World Religions) quotes a poem by R.S. Thomas to explain the purpose of his book: "the ... Read full review


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John Bowker was Dean of Trinity college, Cambridge, from 1984 to 1991. He is currently a Fellow of Gresham College, London, and Honorary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral. He is also Adjunct Professor of Religion at North Carolina State University. Professor Bowker's extensive knowledge of languages, both ancient and modern, enables him to translate religious script hitherto unknown to the modern world. His many books include The Meaning of Death (which won the HarperCollins Religious book Award in 1993), the Oxford Dictionary of World Religions, an Introduction to Jewish Interpretations of Scripture, and Jesus and the Pharisees. He also wrote the bestselling titles World Religions and The complete Bible Handbook, published by Dorling Kindersley. A consultant to UNESCO, Professor Bowker has presented a number of prestigious television programs on contemporary religion for the BBC, including the highly acclaimed Worlds of Faith series.

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