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The Case for God - Karen Armstrong
The Case for God
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A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age. Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which... show more
A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age. 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?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.  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 logos. 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.”
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780307389800 (0307389804)
Publisher: Anchor
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 The Case for God: What Religion Really Means
This one took me a while to read while I digested some of it, this was not an easy read, some of it felt like it was skirting the issue a little. It argues against absolutism and for religion that is built of acceptance and love of other and self. I had minor issues with some parts of it, the tho...
Warwick
Warwick rated it
Poor Karen Armstrong has been ploughing a lonely furrow in recent years, trying to show that there is a valid Third Way between increasingly defensive religious groups and increasingly forthright ‘new atheists’. Neither side thinks much of her. For those of us a bit more detached from the arguments,...
Cassandra Reads
Cassandra Reads rated it
4.5 The Case for God [Karen Armstrong]
I came really close to giving this book a 5 star review, but some parts of it bored me so I didn't give it a 5 star review.I think everyone should read this book. It's given me a different way to look at religion - a way that is very different from the way we view religion now. This book is part his...
Wyvernfriend Reads
Wyvernfriend Reads rated it
4.0 The Case for God
This one took me a while to read while I digested some of it, this was not an easy read, some of it felt like it was skirting the issue a little. It argues against absolutism and for religion that is built of acceptance and love of other and self. I had minor issues with some parts of it, the thoug...
MSMO
MSMO rated it
4.0 مسعى البشرية الأزلي: الله لماذا؟
من الصعب أن تكتب تعليق مناسب لهذا الكتاب نظرا لضخامة كم المعلومات التي يحتويها والتي يصعب مراجعتها ،بالإضافة إلي القضية التي يتناولها و التي يقترب عمرها من عمر الإنسان علي هذه الأرض .نستطيع أن نقسم الكتاب نصفين النصف الأول خاص بنشوء الوجود الآلهي في الفكر الإنساني وكيفية تطوره وخاصه عبر الديانة المس...
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