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Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 7, 2009

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    This book is repetitive and watered down. I do not recommend.

    Opening Disclosure: I did not finish reading this book (but I tried really hard). I enjoy reading books of this genre; however, I could not force myself to complete this book. I found the book to be highly repetitive and extremely watered down despite the book's narrow focus. Portions of the book are informative and enjoyable, but I would not recommend this book to someone who is interested in learning about the history of religious beliefs. Instead, I would recommend reading "A History of Religious Ideas" by Mircea Eliade. I have only begun reading this three volume set and I am very impressed with this author (Eliade). As for "The Great Transformation," I bought the book at a discount to get free shipping and, what can I say, you win some and you lose some.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2008

    half cooked

    The book starts at a compromised point in time that seems to make sense: back to where trusted, more or less documented sources exist as to draw the evolution of spiritual thought in 4 geographical areas of the globe. But the evolution of these ¿spiritual¿ thinking -where sometimes we talk philosophy and sometimes religion 'no doubt they are linked at civilization level. Still, it¿s not always the case'- is just a parallel story of what people may have ¿believed¿ in those areas: not only fails the author to dig in other known currents of thought-believing or to plainly ignore them 'Egypt, Mesopotamia, West Europe, North Europe, Rome, etc.' the iterations resulting from the clash of these civilizations and their consequences are nowhere to be found. With no real back bone, the book is just a boring and poorly organized compilation of comments about thinking and believing that doesn¿t result in a coherent body and comes to no conclusion, stopping short some 2000 years ago. Of very little value for any purpose other than reference to better written books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2007

    A reviewer

    I was really enjoying this book until I came upon her discussion of the Book of Job. Satan did NOT win the bet over Job and Ms Armstrong's saying such made me doubt everything else she wrote in her book. Since reading that statement I have been unable to return to her book. I wish I could get my money back.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2010

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    Armstrong is the best interpreter of religious history today.

    Once again, Ms. Armstrong brings humanity's murky past into sharp relief. More than any other living author, she brings the emotion-charged topics of religion, faith and theocratic dogma to a popular audience without proselytizing or denigrating any group or idea. Armstrong does for religion what Hawkins did for physics.
    As with any GOOD reporter/chronicler/scientist/educator, she provides facts and insights without tainting her information with personal prejudice. Unlike most other authors on these topics, her books are always highly readable. The Great Transformation is a good read for anyone; from the dedicated student of the philosophy of religion, to the history of human faith and thought, to one with a casual interest as to why things are today the way they are.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2010

    This was excellent

    This book is marvelous in audio format. The author's distinctive voice and pronounciation is a treat for the ear. The content is enlightening for anyone unfamiliar with the Axial Age.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2007

    Good Book

    Great book on development of religion. For those who are asking about the lack of the discussion of Islam, its because it did not exist in 9th century B.C....neither did Christianity.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 29, 2006

    Very Enlightening

    I found this book a facinating read. While at times rather academic in style, none the less, she brings to life the driving force that has been in us (Homo sapiens) for millennia. A book for all faiths and theologies.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2006

    Islam?

    I wished if the author mentioned something about islam, or its not exsistant ? how come & the big war now is with islamic extremist !!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2006

    wonderful book

    Great book for the times! I enjoyed it very much and would recommend it highly for those of us who are inquisitve by nature.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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