A History of God

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Ballantine Books, 1994 - Religion - 496 pages
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" An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers."
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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.
 

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This book was very informative. I felt like a really learned something about the creation of the three "major" religions. However, this is an incredibly dense book and you should maybe have at least a ... Read full review

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Contents

I
37
II
76
III
104
IV
129
V
167
VI
206
VII
254
VIII
290
IX
343
X
374
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About the author (1994)

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books on religion, including The Case for God, A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, Buddha, and Fields of Blood, as well as a memoir, The Spiral Staircase. Her work has been translated into 45 languages. In 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and began working with TED on the Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public, crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. It was launched globally in the fall of 2009. Also in 2008, she was awarded the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal. In 2013, she received the British Academy's inaugural Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding.

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