audreyguen, January 11, 2010 (view all comments by audreyguen)
A longstanding expert in the study of world religions, Armstrong turns her deft pen to offer an indispensible 'third way' through the mire of argument between fundamentalist religionists and atheists, both of whom sustain a shallow understanding of religious life. She demonstrates that at its best, religion is a practice and not a belief, and that making faith only a mental or emotional statement reduces it from its deeper potential. To this practicing Christian, her understanding of religious life sounds much more consistent with the Way taught by Christ than the dogmas of many so-called 'believers.'
Jancsi, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Jancsi)
I was reading this at the same time as Atwood's "Flood", but liked this one better. Level headed, well argued, and no axes to grind. I'd have to think hard and remember better to come up with another "book of the decade".
tde, September 22, 2009 (view all comments by tde)
A hugely important subject to be engaging with. Looking at Spirit, God, whatever one calls the One Who Sent Us... and seeking to understand how to have this in our lives in a real way.
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by Nathan W.,
Karen Armstrong writes about religion the way that Michael Pollan writes about food methodically, insightfully, and with an obvious passion for the subject matter. Covering everything from antiquity's caves deep below the earth to the modern fundamentalist heavens above, Armstrong's scope never exceeds her depth of knowledge.
by Nathan W.
"Armstrong's argument is prescient, for it reflects the most important shifts occurring in the religious landscape."
by Cleveland Plain Dealer,
"The Case for God should be read slowly, and savored."
by Columbus Dispatch,
"Armstrong's thesis is provocative, and her book illuminates a side of Christianity that has recently been overshadowed."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Though mostly focused on the West, Armstrong maintains a global perspective, masterfully weaving in her solid understanding of the world's panoply of faiths. Accessible, intriguing study of how we see God."
"Presenting difficult ideas with utter lucidity, this registers at once as a classic of religious and world history."
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.
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