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Posted April 14, 2008
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.
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Posted May 9, 2007
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.
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