The Case for God

The Case for God

Book - 2009
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From the bestselling author of A History of God and The Great Transformation comes a balanced, nuanced understanding of the role religion plays in human life and the trajectory of faith in modern times.

Why has God become incredible? 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?

Moving from the Paleolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the lengths to which humankind has gone to experience a sacred reality that it called God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. She 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. With her trademark depth of knowledge and profound insight, Armstrong elucidates how the changing world has necessarily altered the importance of religion at both societal and individual levels. And she makes a powerful, convincing argument for structuring a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307397430
Branch Call Number: 211 ARM
Characteristics: xviii, 406 p. ;,25 cm


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May 24, 2016

Sympathetic and passionately argued. She avoids getting bogged down in recent controversies and gives a fascinating, if too brief, historical background (roughly the first one hundred pages), which is the best part of the book. The latter two thirds one can almost feel her slogging with ever greater effort until she reaches the end. Lengthy footnotes, full bibliography, and useful glossary.

patienceandfortitude Oct 11, 2011

If you are interested in the history of Theology or the conflict between science and theology, this is a great book. I particuarly liked her insights into the importance of practice and faith, that belief is more about doing and less about agreement or acceptance of dogma. But ultimately, this book was a little too intellectual for my taste.

ser_library Apr 18, 2010

KA covers belief systems from pre-history to 2010 and beyond.

If you have time to read nothing else, read the final chapters on Unknowing.

It is amazing how themes re-occur throughout time.

Jan 19, 2010

Well-argued, reasoned thesis on the existence and nature of God. Quite dry in parts but worth the effort needed to read it through.

graphiste Jan 10, 2010

A persuasive entry into the atheist/theist debate. Armstrong argues that it isn't God that has become irrelevant, but our own way of thinking. Thought provoking and reflective - academic but far from dry.

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