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The Case for God

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A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.

 

Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong 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. Why has God become unbelievable? 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?

Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level.  Yet she cautions us that religion was never supposed to provide answers that lie within the competence of human reason; that, she says, is the role of logos. The task of religion is “to help us live creatively, peacefully, and even joyously with realities for which there are no easy explanations.” She emphasizes, too, that religion will not work automatically. It is, she says, a practical discipline: its insights are derived not from abstract speculation but from “dedicated intellectual endeavor” and a “compassionate lifestyle that enables us to break out of the prism of selfhood.”

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Focusing especially on Christianity but including other religions, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion during a time when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith.

Table of Contents

Introduction

 

Part I The Unknown God (30,000 BCE to 1500 CE)

One  Homo religiosus

Two  God

Three  Reason

Four  Faith

Five  Silence

Six  Faith and Reason

 

Part II The Modern God (1500 CE to the Present)

Seven  Science and Religion

Eight  Scientific Religion

Nine  Enlightenment

Ten  Atheism

Eleven Unknowing

Twelve  Death of God?

Epilogue

 

Acknowledgments

Notes

Glossary

Selected Bibliography

Index

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JH at Tahoe, January 27, 2012 (view all comments by JH at Tahoe)
The most thought provoking book I've read in a long time. Following religious traditions from 30,000 BCE to the present, Armstrong reformed my ideas about the essence and importance of religion.
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The most thought provoking book I've read in a long time. Following religious traditions from 30,000 BCE to the present, Armstrong reformed my ideas about the essence and importance of religion.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307389800
Author:
Armstrong, Karen
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Subject:
Philosophy
Subject:
Agnosticism
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Religion Eastern-Philosophy General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20100931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
7.90x6.60x.90 in. .66 lbs.

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