The Case for God

The Case for God

Book - 2009
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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. While noting that the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level, she makes a powerful, convincing argument for drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307269188
Branch Call Number: Philosophy & Religion 211 ARM


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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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