A History Of God: The 4,000-year Quest Of Judaism, Christianity And Islam by Karen ArmstrongA History Of God: The 4,000-year Quest Of Judaism, Christianity And Islam by Karen Armstrong

A History Of God: The 4,000-year Quest Of Judaism, Christianity And Islam

byKaren Armstrong

Paperback | August 9, 1994

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"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.
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 C...
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Title:A History Of God: The 4,000-year Quest Of Judaism, Christianity And IslamFormat:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 8.19 × 5.49 × 1.06 inPublished:August 9, 1994Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0345384563

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Required reading for religious studies enthusiasts A balanced and nuanced look at how the three Abrahamic faiths came to develop monotheism. From the roots of pagan traditions, to the thought of medieval philosophers, to the modern era this book explains the how, when and what we call God.
Date published: 2017-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from MUST READ It's fascinating that Ms. Armstrong can outline such a complex and thousand of years history in a peaceful and understandable way. This is my second book of her, I trust her so much I will read all of her books. Thank you...
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read It is a phenomenal account on the history of the conception of the idea of God and the birth of monotheism, in context of three main religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The book starts with the pre-Abrahamic time and the development of the concept of God. The detailed treatment of Judaic scriptures and the development or refinement of the concept of God, especially during the trying times of Jewish Diaspora and persecutions is interesting to read. She lays out a concept of monotheism as being developed adaptively, i.e. refined and explained as per the need of time. I particularly liked the way in which she logically hypothesized the effects of the events of the time that influenced the mood/temperament of Judaic writings (though I am not sure if a more ‘devout’ believer will necessarily agree to her hypothesis of a more adaptive concept of God developed by early Jewish sages; the concept which could be molded to suit the spiritual demand of the time). Her treatment of Christianity is very detailed. Her thesis on the effects of Roman/Greek mythologies on its theology is filled with overwhelming details, which literally open many new avenues of research for a casual reader of history of religion in general and Christianity in particular. The treatment of Gnostics and papal institutions is academically rigorous and interesting to read. Her treatment of Islam is thorough. The way she explains the concept of monotheism in Islam as the extension/refinement of Judeo-Christian concept and the effects of indigenous Sufi and mystic movements in Islam is interesting. I disagreed with her at few points in her treatment of the theological concepts of Shia Islam. She generalized the theological concepts of Ismailia branch of Shias and applied it to the mainstream Twelvers, which at many points is questionable in its accuracy. She does touch the Enlightenment and later religious movements, including the more recent trends in religion. Her treatment of this topic might not be one hundred percent accurate in all respects, but for the people interested in the history of religion, it is a great read. Like all other works by Karen Armstrong, every page of this book depicts the width and depth of Ms. Armstrong’s extensive study, which is overwhelming. The lubricity of her expression, depth of her knowledge and decent grasp over the topic of history and development of the three Abrahamic religions makes her book very unique.
Date published: 2009-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A History of God This books examines the history of religion, concentrating on the monotheistic beliefs of Jews, Christians and Moslems. It covers the development of each faith from its roots up to our day. Karen Armstrong shows how religious thought was shaped by the various periods and how rulers, clerics, philosophers and poets responded to the challenges of their time. All religions are treated sensitively and respectfully but the author also shows how religion can be misused to control and subjugate a population. - I enjoyed reading this book.
Date published: 2000-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Book For Truth Seekers An excellent resource covering the 4000 year quest of Judaism,Christianity & Islam. This book explores how the Jews transformed pagan idol worship into monotheism and how Christianity and Islam both rose from this foundation.
Date published: 1999-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A History of God A very intelligently written book, comparing and contrasting the three monotheistic religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Armstrong shows how each has changed our current conception of what God is - and how our perceptions have changed through the centuries. A little dry to read at times, and I found I had to reread several sections before I fully understood. But on the whole, it was a very well written book on a fascinating subject.
Date published: 1999-06-23

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In this stunningly intelligent book, one of Britain's foremost religious scholars distills the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic. (Theology

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This book is as complete a chronology about the concepts and worships of God from Judaism to Islam as I've ever seen. Armstrong's insightful writing style, and her ability to humanize historical figures wIthout trivializing them, makes for a fascinating read!