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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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Format: Compact disc
Vendor: HarperCollins
Publication Date: 2004
ISBN: 0060591854
ISBN-13: 9780060591854
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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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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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    This book is one of those (all too) rare works which combines profound scholarship with exceptional clarity. No one should be put off by the title. The book does not pretend to be about God. It is, instead, a brief history of the idea of God, as developed and changed over time, primarily in the contexts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, together with an extremely valuable analysis of the consequences of each change.

    It is not a book for beginners, that is, people just finding their faith, or struggling for renewal--those people will probably be undermined, rather than illuminated. Those, however, who have reached a firm commitment in their beliefs will likely discover in Prof. Armstrong's exposition the broad historical context of what they presently hold as immutable truth. They will also, likely, come to understand how fragile such immutability may seem (hence, how precious active practice of faith, rather than passive self-satisfaction, is).

    Perhaps the most compelling point which Prof. Armstrong makes is that the rationalism which has infected so much religious thinking spawns both extreme atheism and extreme fundamentalism, each of which, ultimately, undermines itself.

    Highly recommended for those who, in the pursuit of their faith, have reached the point of enquiry into its historical context.
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