History of God CD: The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

History of God CD: The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

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by Karen Armstrong
     
 

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"Strange as it may seem, the idea of 'God' developed in a market economy in a spirit of aggressive capitalism," Karen Armstrong asserts in her fascinating work A History of God. Armstrong considers herself a "historian of ideas," and with this broad view she gives a compelling account of the correspondences among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the

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"Strange as it may seem, the idea of 'God' developed in a market economy in a spirit of aggressive capitalism," Karen Armstrong asserts in her fascinating work A History of God. Armstrong considers herself a "historian of ideas," and with this broad view she gives a compelling account of the correspondences among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the historical, philosophical, intellectual, and social developments through the ages that both shaped them and were shaped by them.

Religion is "highly pragmatic," Armstrong finds. Any particular idea of God must work for the people who develop it. Consequently, as the times have changed, so have our ideas about God. "Understanding the ever-changing ideas of God in the past and their relevance and usefulness in their time," she says, "will help us to develop a new concept for the future."

Today an increasing number of people have difficulty with the idea of a God that behaves as a larger version of themselves. Armstrong sees this as inevitable, and welcomes believers to a notion of God that "works for us in the empirical age."

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Library Journal
Armstrong (Through the Narrow Gate) is a frequent commentator on Islam. This work, published before September 11, 2001, is a timeless and timely exploration of the differences and similarities among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It takes an informative, sometimes witty, and contemplative approach to the subject. With a broad view, the author considers herself to be "a historian of ideas." Finding religion to be "highly problematic," she discusses the historical, philosophical, intellectual, and social developments during the ages that shaped the fundamental beliefs and practices of these faiths. She asserts that "strange as it may seem" to contemporary believers, "the idea of `God' developed in a market economy in a spirit of aggressive capitalism." Recommended for all academic and public libraries.-Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060591854
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
02/17/2004
Edition description:
Abridged, 5 CDs, 6 hrs.
Pages:
5
Sales rank:
753,064
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 5.76(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

Karen Armstrong, author, scholar, and journalist, is among the world's foremost commentators on religious history and culture. Her books include the bestselling A History of God and The Battle for God, as well as Buddha and Islam: A Short History.

Karen Armstrong, author, scholar, and journalist, is among the world's foremost commentators on religious history and culture. Her books include the bestselling A History of God and The Battle for God, as well as Buddha and Islam: A Short History.

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