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Case for God: What Religion Really Means, paperback

Author(s): Karen Armstrong

ISBN13: 9781847920355

ISBN10: 1847920357

Publisher: Veritas

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  • The enormous popularity of books by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and others shows that despite the religious revival that is under way in many parts of the world, there is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth. For the first time in history, a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God. In the past people went to great lengths to experience a sacred reality that they called God, Brahman, Nirvana or Dao; indeed religion could be said to be the distinguishing characteristic of homo sapiens. But now militant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of Christian missionaries in the age of faith and find an eager audience. What has happened?

    Karen Armstrong argues that historically atheism has rarely been a denial of the sacred itself but has nearly always rejected a particular conception of God. During the modern period, the Christians of the West developed a theology that was radically different from that of the pre-modern age. Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, Armstrong shows that until recently there was no warfare between science and religion. But science has changed the conversation. The meaning of words such as belief, faith, and mystery has been entirely altered, so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God - and, indeed, reason itself - in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing.

    Why has the modern God become incredible? Has God a future in this age of aggressive scientific rationalism? Karen Armstrong suggests that if we draw creatively on the insights of the past, we can build a faith that speaks to the needs of our troubled and dangerously polarized world.

  • Karen Armstrong

    Karen Armstrong is one of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, but left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. She is a best-selling author of over 16 books. An accomplished writer and passionate campaigner for religious liberty, Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and the Senate and has participated in the World Economic Forum.

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    The best sort of popularizing: there is no sacrifice of integrity and no dumbing down
    - Edward Norman, Literary Review

    A remarkable history... fascinating and highly readable... profoundly relevant
    - Julie Wheelwright, Independent

    This book deserves nothing but praise
    - Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

    A subtle and funny memoir
    - Sunday Telegraph

    An exceptionally impressive autobiography. Karen Armstrongs account of her spiralling journey provokes thought and inspires respect
    - Daily Telegraph


Case for God: What Religion Really Means, paperback