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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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In our supposedly secular age governed by reason and technology fundamentalism has emerged as an overwhelming force in every major world religion Why This is the fascinating disturbing question that bestselling author Karen Armstrong addresses in her brilliant new book i The Battle for God i Writing with the broad perspective and deep understanding of human spirituality that won huge audiences for i A History of God i Armstrong illuminates the spread of militant piety as a phenomenon peculiar to our moment in history br br Contrary to popular belief fundamentalism is not a throwback to some ancient form of religion but rather a response to the spiritual crisis of the modern world As Armstrong argues the collapse of a piety rooted in myth and cult during the Renaissance forced people of faith to grasp for new ways of being religious and fundamentalism was born Armstrong focuses here on three fundamentalist movements Protestant fundamentalism in America Jewish fundamentalism in Israel and Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran exploring how each has developed its own unique way of combating the assaults of modernity br br Blending history sociology and spirituality i The Battle for God i is a compelling and compassionate study of a radical form of religious expression that is critically shaping the course of world history, 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, 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