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Read online 3 Monotheistic Religions.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC 3 Monotheistic Religions 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 i A History of God i 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 i Gail Hudson i by Karen Armstrong

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The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness, Islam: A Short History, The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism, A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, A Short History of Myth, The Case for God, Muhammad, The Bible: A Biography (Books That Changed the World), Buddha
No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism authoritarian government female oppression and civil war In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam and a distillation of years of thinking and writing about the subject Karen Armstrong s short history demonstrates that the world s fastest growing faith is a much more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest, Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names such as God Brahman Nirvana Allah or Dao Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism Islam Buddhism Hinduism and Chinese spiritualities Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith Why has God become unbelievable Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors br br Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level And she makes a powerful convincing argument for drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age Yet she cautions us that religion was never supposed to provide answers that lie within the competence of human reason that she says is the role of i logos i The task of religion is to help us live creatively peacefully and even joyously with realities for which there are no easy explanations She emphasizes too that religion will not work automatically It is she says a practical discipline its insights are derived not from abstract speculation but from dedicated intellectual endeavor and a compassionate lifestyle that enables us to break out of the prism of selfhood, A fresh evenhanded biography of the founder of Islam by the author of A History of God Portrays Muhammad as a passionate complex fallible human being Publishers Weekly, In at age seventeen Karen Armstrong entered a convent eager to meet God After seven brutally unhappy years as a nun she left her order to pursue English literature at Oxford But convent life had profoundly altered her and coping with the outside world and her expiring faith proved to be excruciating Her deep solitude and a terrifying illness diagnosed only years later as epilepsy marked her forever as an outsider In her own mind she was a complete failure as a nun as an academic and as a normal woman capable of intimacy Her future seemed very much in question until she stumbled into comparative theology What she found in learning thinking and writing about other religions was the ecstasy and transcendence she had never felt as a nun Gripping revelatory and inspirational b The Spiral Staircase b i i is an extraordinary account of an astonishing spiritual journey