I doubt that karen armstrong really believes that saint paul is “the apostle we love to hate,” as the subtitle of her book proclaims, not least because her view of him is so balanced and well informed but she shows clearly that he is the most enigmatic and controversial figure in the early. Book review: islam: a short history, by karen armstrong as i write (september 2012), the world is currently whipped up with islamic protests against inflammatory media from the west, the recent killing of a us ambassador by terrorists, and renewed interest in the beliefs and practices of muslims. Karen armstrong's wonderful book certainly cleanses the mind it may even do a little repair work on the heart -- ferdinand mount spectator karen armstrong is one of our most perceptive and thoughtful writers on religion. Karen armstrong is one of the handful of wise and supremely intelligent commentators on religion who has become distressed by the tone of recent discussions of the subject her targets are. I first went through karen armstrong's book, a history of god, a number of years agoi had it on audio, and since i was traveling a lot, i ended up listening to it multiple times at the time, i thought it was a great work.
Karen armstrong: a critique many years back we had a few requests (and one defiant challenge) to look into the work of karen armstrong, author of several books including one we will survey in part here titled the history of god. This is a brave book: it is very honest, humorous, and inspiring armstrong also provides a tough and unsparing critique of the structures of formal religion and conventional psychiatry. A history of god by karen armstrong book review, karen armstrong a history of god the 4,000 year quest of judaism, christianity & islam this book explores how the jews transformed pagan idol worship into monotheism and how christianity and islam both rose from this foundation.
Karen armstrong, a former nun, wants to rescue the idea of the deity from its cultured despisers and its more literal-minded adherents alike. A history of god by karen armstrong 2 the pdf file is sent as a single rar (abe) 3 the text and pdb versions are bundled together in one rar file. Karen armstrong is the author of numerous books on religion, including the case for god, a history of god, the battle for god, holy war, islam, buddha, and fields of blood, as well as a memoir, the spiral staircase her work has been translated into 45 languages. Karen armstrong has written another big book about the various ways people throughout history and across cultures envision and explain what they can neither see nor understand.
Readers seeking a quick but thoughtful introduction to islam will want to peruse armstrong's latest offering in her hallmark stylish and accessible prose, the author of a history of god takes. 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 in this seminal account, karen armstrong traces the gestation of the bible to reveal a complex and contradictory document created by scores of people over hundreds of years. Notes karen armstrong frsl (born 14 november 1944) is a british author and commentator known for her books on comparative religion a former roman catholic religious sister, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical christian faith. A critique of karen armstrong’s book the battle for god topics: christianity, judaism, religion pages: 7 (2584 words) published: october 12, 2008 a critique of karen armstrong’s book the battle for god a history of fundamentalism.
Karen armstrong, (born november 14, 1944, worcestershire, england), english author of books on religion who was widely regarded as one of the leading commentators on the subject in great britain at age 17 armstrong entered a roman catholic convent. This is an eloquent and interesting book, although you do not quite get what it says on the tin karen armstrong takes the reader through a history of religious practice in many different cultures. A book review on ‘buddha’ karen armstrong is a popular writer for good reason - her writing is readable and she understands what appeals to her readers in yet other portions of the book, armstrong wears a cap of discerning scholarship, dispensing with both the insider’s perspective and the outside observer’s reaction for. Karen armstrong's the case for god is written not so much against the recent spate of books promoting atheism as with those books very much in mind nor is the case for god, strictly speaking, a.
Fields of blood: religion and the history of violence karen armstrong, 2014 knopf doubleday 528 pp isbn-13: 9780307957047 summary from the renowned and best-selling author of a history of god, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence for the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in american. Superb kaleidoscopic history of religion, from an english nun- turned-scholar armstrong (holy war, 1991, etc) was a nun in the early 1960's but left her convent in 1969 as part of the great wave that defected from religious life at that time.
Karen armstrong, obe, frsl (born 14 november 1944) is a british author and commentator of irish catholic descent known for her books on comparative religion a former roman catholic religious sister, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical christian faith. Buddha by karen armstrong my rating: 4 of 5 stars amazon page karen armstrong's book is a biography of siddhatta gotama (aka siddhartha gautama), the man who became the buddha however, in the process of telling this man's life story, she introduces the reader to the basic tenets of the religion he inspired siddhatta's story. To many people in the twenty-first century, the bible may seem an anachronism, but as an all-time best seller, it still attracts many new commentaries undoubtedly, karen armstrong is one of those best qualified to add to this vast body of literature. Whether or not you see fundamentalism as a threat, as karen armstrong does in ''the battle for god,'' hers is one of the most penetrating, readable and prescient accounts to date of the rise of the fundamentalist movements in judaism, christianity and islam.