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A History Of God [Kindle Edition]

Karen Armstrong
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Armstrong, a British journalist and former nun, guides us along one of the most elusive and fascinating quests of all time--the search for God. Like all beloved historians, Armstrong entertains us with deft storytelling, astounding research, and makes us feel a greater appreciation for the present because we better understand our past. Be warned: A History of God is not a tidy linear history. Rather, we learn that the definition of God is constantly being repeated, altered, discarded, and resurrected through the ages, responding to its followers' practical concerns rather than to mystical mandates. Armstrong also shows us how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have overlapped and influenced one another, gently challenging the secularist history of each of these religions. --Gail Hudson

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Armstrong, a British journalist and former nun, guides us along one of the most elusive and fascinating quests of all time--the search for God. Like all beloved historians, Armstrong entertains us with deft storytelling, astounding research, and makes us feel a greater appreciation for the present because we better understand our past. Be warned: A History of God is not a tidy linear history. Rather, we learn that the definition of God is constantly being repeated, altered, discarded, and resurrected through the ages, responding to its followers' practical concerns rather than to mystical mandates. Armstrong also shows us how Judaism, Christianity, and Islam have overlapped and influenced one another, gently challenging the secularist history of each of these religions. --Gail Hudson

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1224 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 562 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 0099273675
  • Verlag: Vintage Digital; Auflage: New Ed (30. Juni 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B0055CS4L0
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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  • Word Wise: Nicht aktiviert
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3.6 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (51 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: #133.404 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop (Siehe Top 100 Bezahlt in Kindle-Shop)

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great survey 21. März 2006
Format:Taschenbuch
Karen Armstrong is in a unique position to discuss matters of interfaith history and connection. A former Roman Catholic nun, she also has a background as a teacher at a Rabbinical college, and is also an honourary member of the Association of Muslim Social Sciences. Her background interest in matters religious goes back to her childhood, which she shares in the introduction to this volume, when she first experienced religion as being about fear, and then later learned the more wonderful sides. She freely confesses her difficulties with matters of faith and belief, often made deeper and more troubling the more she studied the history of religion (one reason some denominations do not trust seminary training is that they feel it brings about a crisis of faith).
Despite her initial misgivings, she believed that humankind was a spiritual race; she thought that God was merely a construct, and she found much more. God is in many ways a construct, done by rabbis, priests, sufis, wise people of all faiths. There is a real sense in which God is new for each new person, and yet there are commonalities, particularly between and among the three great monotheistic religions born of the Abrahamic tradition. This book represents not a history of God per se, but rather a history of humanity's perceptions of God over the past 4000 years, from the earliest days of Abraham to the present in its grand and often dangerous diversity.
Armstrong takes a look at different constructions of God.
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Karen Armstrong has put together an impressive work that examines in depth the evolution of God and our perceptions of the transcendent. It's a wonderful starting point, however a dedicated reader should certainly explore other books to round out topics that the author touched lightly upon (Paul) or even omitted entirely (the influence of Eastern religions).
I think some of the criticisms levied at this book are misplaced. There seems to be a theme in these reviews that the author tends to slam Western Christianity and goes easy on Islam. This seems true to a certain extent, yet deliberate. The book is obviously aimed at Western readers; Christianity is so deeply imbued in so much of our culture that it bears a fearless scrutiny. While no doubt painful for some (Christian) readers, it's illuminating and honest. The author is obviously learned in Muslim history, yet she may have covered it in more depth than many Western readers might want. Also as one reviewer noted, "by failing to extend to Islam the razor of her sarcasm, she invites distrust". True, yet again there is so little positive perception of Islam in the West, that this appears intentional. This is the most notable flaw in the book, but not a fatal one.
What she did explain *very* well:
1. How pagan idol worship evolved into Jewish monotheism.
2. How the Trinity concept came about and grew.
3. The intellectual rift between and differences in Western and Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
4. Mysticism and it's ramifications. One reviewer called this a modern "dead end". I couldn't disagree more.
Overall, quite excellent and probably the best starting point for someone who wants to explore this fascinating topic. She has struck the best balance I've seen so far between depth, complexity and readability. Highly recommended.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Changed My Life 29. Juli 2000
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On a scholarly level (I am an historian), Karen Armstrong does an excellent job. Her research and the manner in which she handles the subject matter is impecable.
On a personal level, the book changed my life. By learning about the multitude of beliefs monothiests have held, I was able to recognize (what I hold to be) the Truth, and jetison baggage (that I held from my religious upbringing) which prevented me (due to my personal experience) from believing in God.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great survey 21. März 2006
Format:Taschenbuch
Karen Armstrong is in a unique position to discuss matters of interfaith history and connection. A former Roman Catholic nun, she also has a background as a teacher at a Rabbinical college, and is also an honourary member of the Association of Muslim Social Sciences. Her background interest in matters religious goes back to her childhood, which she shares in the introduction to this volume, when she first experienced religion as being about fear, and then later learned the more wonderful sides. She freely confesses her difficulties with matters of faith and belief, often made deeper and more troubling the more she studied the history of religion (one reason some denominations do not trust seminary training is that they feel it brings about a crisis of faith).
Despite her initial misgivings, she believed that humankind was a spiritual race; she thought that God was merely a construct, and she found much more. God is in many ways a construct, done by rabbis, priests, sufis, wise people of all faiths. There is a real sense in which God is new for each new person, and yet there are commonalities, particularly between and among the three great monotheistic religions born of the Abrahamic tradition. This book represents not a history of God per se, but rather a history of humanity's perceptions of God over the past 4000 years, from the earliest days of Abraham to the present in its grand and often dangerous diversity.
Armstrong takes a look at different constructions of God.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Großartiges, objektives Werk für jeden, der für alle...
In ein paar Tagen habe ich dieses großartige, umfangreiche Werk verschluckt, wobei ich eigentlich nicht allzu schnell lese. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Februar 2010 von The Actor
4.0 von 5 Sternen Erudite and readable
In this book Karen Armstrong (who spent 7 years as a nun at a Catholic convent) leads us through the wildest wild goose chase ever conjured up by the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 21. Juli 2000 von W.Khan
5.0 von 5 Sternen Great Book
Open your mind and read this account of religious history.
Veröffentlicht am 15. Juni 2000 von "redshifty"
2.0 von 5 Sternen Too Subjective
This isn't "history," it's a personal crusade. As mentioned earlier by a reader from Reston, VA, Karen Armstrong's book is masked as an objective historical review, however the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 27. Mai 2000 von Loree M. Galpin manatee@po5.lcv.ne.jp
5.0 von 5 Sternen Thought Provoking...
If you're not open minded and willing to learn things that are perhaps a bit against the current dogma of the day don't bother reading this. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 30. März 2000 von "ladygreensleeves"
4.0 von 5 Sternen A well thought-out work
I bought this book about a year and a half ago and have read it through three times, and re-read various chapters many times more. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 25. März 2000 von Jacob Sepelak
5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best books I have ever read!
Karen Armstrong has written a clear and objective history on one of the most interesting and emotionally-driven subjects around today. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 24. März 2000 von ann erickson
5.0 von 5 Sternen A Classic Must-Read
Karen Armstrong has written a critical introduction for the story or western faith and monotheism. 'A History of God' takes us from the dim genesis of the concept of divinity to... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 7. März 2000 von David A. Lee
1.0 von 5 Sternen More Like a History of Atheism
Of the 8 sides to the cassettes, one side would suffice to consolidate the beneficial information about the 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 4. März 2000 von Greg
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