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Read online The Case for God: What Religion Really Means.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC The Case for God: What Religion Really Means The enormous popularity of books by Richard Dawkins Christopher Hitchens Sam Harris and others shows that despite the religious revival that is under way in many parts of the world b there is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth b For the first time in history a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God In the past people went to great lengths to experience a sacred reality that they called God Brahman Nirvana or Dao indeed religion could be said to be i the i distinguishing characteristic of i homo sapiens i But now militant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of Christian missionaries in the age of faith and find an eager audience What has happened .

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Karen Armstrong argues that historically atheism has rarely been a denial of the sacred itself but has nearly always rejected a particular conception of God During the modern period the Christians of the West developed a theology that was radically different from that of the pre modern age Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present b Armstrong shows that until recently there was no warfare between science and religion b But science has changed the conversation The meaning of words such as belief faith and mystery has been entirely altered so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God and indeed reason itself in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing .

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Why has the modern God become incredible b Has God a future in this age of aggressive scientific rationalism b Karen Armstrong suggests that if we draw creatively on the insights of the past we can build a faith that speaks to the needs of our troubled and dangerously polarized world by Karen Armstrong

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The Case for God: What Religion Really Means
Title:The Case for God: What Religion Really Means
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Category:religion, non-fiction, history, philosophy, theology, spirituality
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In the ninth century BCE the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity to the present day Confucianism and Daoism in China Hinduism and Buddhism in India monotheism in Israel and philosophical rationalism in Greece Now Armstrong reveals how the sages of this pivotal Axial Age can speak clearly and helpfully to the violence and desperation that we experience in our own times br br In the ninth century BCE the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity to the present day Confucianism and Daoism in China Hinduism and Buddhism in India monotheism in Israel and philosophical rationalism in Greece Later generations further developed these initial insights but we have never grown beyond them Rabbinic Judaism Christianity and Islam for example were all secondary flowerings of the original Israelite vision Now in The Great Transformation Karen Armstrong reveals how the sages of this pivotal Axial Age can speak clearly and helpfully to the violence and desperation that we experience in our own times br br Armstrong traces the development of the Axial Age chronologically examining the contributions of such figures as the Buddha Socrates Confucius Jeremiah Ezekiel the mystics of the Upanishads Mencius and Euripides All of the Axial Age faiths began in principled and visceral recoil from the unprecedented violence of their time Despite some differences of emphasis there was a remarkable consensus in their call for an abandonment of selfishness and a spirituality of compassion With regard to dealing with fear despair hatred rage and violence the Axial sages gave their people and give us Armstrong says two important pieces of advice first there must be personal responsibility and self criticism and it must be followed by practical effective action br br In her introduction and concluding chapter Armstrong urges us to consider how these spiritualities challenge the way we are religious today In our various institutions we sometimes seem to be attempting to create exactly the kind of religion that Axial sages and prophets had hoped to eliminate We often equate faith with doctrinal conformity but the traditions of the Axial Age were not about dogma All insisted on the primacy of compassion even in the midst of suffering In each Axial Age case a disciplined revulsion from violence and hatred proved to be the major catalyst of spiritual change, No description available, 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, The Bible is the most widely distributed book in the world Translated into over two thousand languages it is estimated that more than six billion copies have been sold in the last two hundred years alone A work made up of sixty six books and divided into two Testaments this complex and communal work has been transformed by its various translations into a single work at the heart of the world s largest and most powerful organised religions Christianity In this seminal account Karen Armstrong discusses the conception gestation life and afterlife of this collection of books to analyse how this all pervasive scripture was collected into one work how it became accepted as Christianity s sacred text and how it continues to exercise profound political and philosophical influence as well as religious control over the world around us