A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Karen Armstrong

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Read A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Online Free - 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: A History of God 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. --Gail Hudson

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Leslie rated it ★★★★☆

January 30, 2008

Whew. I thought I'd never finish this book. But two months later, I somehow managed to get to the end. Now, what to say about it? I started this book knowing a moderate amount about the history of Christianity, a small amount about Judaism, and much too little about Islam. I relied heavily on my p...

Paul rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 31, 2011

A MAJOR PROBLEM WITH RELIGION (You may have already thought of a few, but this is my current thing.) Religious thought is metaphorical and the constant danger is that the unlettered will take the metaphor literally. For instance, the Holy Trinity in Christianity - sorting out a satisfactory formula...

maha rated it ★★★★☆

July 26, 2016

الكتاب موسوعة كبيرة سيستغرق وقتا طويلا لاكماله.. قراءة اساسية لمن يدرس الثيولوجيا (علم العقائد)، الميثولوجي (علم الأساطير) ومقارنة الاديان سأذكر نقطة منه علقت بذهني فهمت منه مفهوم شخصنة الاله.. عندما جسد البشر الاله بحيث يكون بعيدا، ليس كمثل اي شيء نعرفه، اصبح الاله بعيدا، ولم يعد البشر يشعرون بالق...

Huda rated it ★★★☆☆

August 23, 2015

سيرة الله لكارين أرمسترونغ الكتاب يبحر في مفهوم الإله في الديانات الثلاثة الكبرى اليهودية - المسيحية - الإسلام لقراء الإنجليزية يمكنكم مشاهدة هذا الوثائقي الممتع والذي يعتمد على أفكار الكتاب الرئيسية https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fx4m1...

Riku rated it ★★☆☆☆

November 21, 2015

The Tendencies of Religions A facebook conversation: Started with this post, with the following Ambedkar quote: "The Hindus criticise the Mahomedans for having spread their religion by the use of the sword. They also ridicule Christianity on the score of the Inquisition. But really speaking, who is b...

Camille rated it ★★★★★

January 03, 2009

If I could give a book six stars, I would give them to this book. I feel like I learned something new on nearly every page. This book is truly a history book on a grand scale. It reminds me of the type of history Will Durrant wrote, where he would take a period of time and write extensively about...

John rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 23, 2008

This is one of those books that make me feel woefully deficient in a certain subject. Having never taken a comparative religion class, and in fact bordering on an antiestablishment stance when it comes to organized religion, I can only conclude that this book was not the place to start. The firs...

فهد rated it ★★★★☆

February 21, 2017

الله والإنسان للأسف لم يحظ كتاب بهذه الأهمية بترجمة جيدة، أتمنى ألا تعاني بقية كتب كارين أرمسترونغ من ذات المشكلة، خاصة وكتبها مهمة وتتناول مواضيع متعمقة في الأديان أو التجربة الدينية، في كتابها هذا والذي تم تغيير عنوانه ليتلاءم مع الرقيب العربي – العنوان الأصلي (تاريخ الإله)-، تؤرخ أرمسترونغ للط...

Margitte rated it ★★★★☆

August 23, 2015

I haven't finished reading the book. I still plan to though, but not in one sitting. The official blurb: 'Over 700,000 copies of the original hardcover and paperback editions of this stunningly popular book have been sold. Karen Armstrong's superbly readable exploration of how the three dominant m...

Jan rated it ★★★★★

March 27, 2015

Karen Armstrong is a former Catholic nun and studied at Oxford. Her book, The Spiral Staircase, is a good description of the struggles that led to her leaving the convent. There have been several good books written on the historic Jesus Christ, but very few on the historic God. As other reviewers...

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