A History of God
The 4000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and IslamBook - 1993
The epic story begins with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism--a concept previously unknown in the world. Christianity and Islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned 'the One God' to suit the social and political needs of their followers. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic.
Praise for History of God
"An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers." --The Washington Post Book World
"A brilliantly lucid, spendidly readable book. [Karen] Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying." -- The Sunday Times (London)
"Absorbing . . . A lode of learning." -- Time
"The most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history--the quest for God. Karen Armstrong is a genius." --A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life
From Library Staff
...an easy-to-read history about how three major religions evolved into believing in one god.
SurreyLibraries_Reads Oct 28, 2018
I found this book fascinating and it gave me a lot to think about. It is written by a highly educated ex-nun and it is an easy-to-read history about how three major religions evolved into believing in one god. Great for the layperson and I highly recommend it. (submitted by library customer N)