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Armstrong, Karen 1944-

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A history of God : the 4000-year quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Karen Armstrong( Book )

88 editions published between 1993 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 4,740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"As soon as they became recognizably human, men and women--in their hunger to understand their own presence on earth and the mysteries within and around them--began to worship gods. Karen Armstrong's masterly and illuminating book explores the ways in which the idea and experience of God evolved among the monotheists--Jews, Christians and Muslims. Weaving a multicolored fabric of historical, philosophical, intellectual and social developments and insights, Armstrong shows how, at various times through the centuries, each of the monotheistic religions has held a subtly different concept of God. At the same time she draws our attention to the basic and profound similarities among them, making it clear that in all of them God has been and is experienced intensely, passionately and often--especially in the West--traumatically. Some monotheists have seen darkness, desolation and terror, where others have seen light and transfiguration; the reasons for these inherent differences are examined, and the people behind them are brought to life. We look first at the gradual move away from the pagan gods to the full-fledged monotheism of the Jews during the exile in Babylon. Next considered is the development of parallel, yet different, perceptions and beliefs among Christians and Muslims. The book then moves "generationally" through time to examine the God of the philosophers and mystics in all three traditions, the God of the Reformation, the God of the Enlightenment and finally the nineteenth- and twentieth-century challenges of skeptics and atheists, as well as the fiercely reductive faith of the fundamentalists of our own day. Armstrong suggests that any particular idea of God must--if it is to survive--work for the people who develop it, and that ideas of God change when they cease to be effective. She argues that the concept of a personal God who behaves like a larger version of ourselves was suited to mankind at a certain stage but no longer works for an increasing number of people." "Understanding the ever-changing ideas of God in the past and their relevance and usefulness in their time, she says, is a way to begin the search for a new concept for the twenty-first century. Her book shows that such a development is virtually inevitable, in spite of the despair of our increasingly "Godless" world, because it is a natural aspect of our humanity to seek a symbol for the ineffable reality that is universally perceived."--Publisher's description
Islam : a short history by Karen Armstrong( Book )

40 editions published between 2000 and 2007 in English and held by 4,148 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular Western imagination as an extreme faith that promotes authoritarian government, female oppression, civil war, and terrorism. The author's short history offers a vital corrective to this narrow view. The distillation of years of thinking and writing about Islam, it demonstrates that the world's fastest-growing faith is a much richer and more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest. This book begins with the flight of Muhammad and his family from Medina in the seventh century and the subsequent founding of the first mosques. It recounts the origins of the split between Shii and Sunni Muslims, and the emergence of Sufi mysticism; the spread of Islam throughout North Africa, the Levant, and Asia; the shattering effect on the Muslim world of the Crusades; the flowering of imperial Islam in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries into the world's greatest and most sophisticated power; and the origins and impact of revolutionary Islam. It concludes with an assessment of Islam today and its challenges
The battle for God by Karen Armstrong( Book )

58 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and held by 3,475 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish." "We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning to create an entirely new kind of civilization, which brought in its wake change in every aspect of life - often painful and violent, even if liberating. Armstrong argues that one of the things that changed most was religion. People could no longer think about or experience the divine in the same why; they had to develop new forms of faith to fit their new circumstances." "Armstrong characterizes fundamentalism as one of these new ways of being religious that have emerged in every major faith tradition. She examines the ways in which these movements, while not monolithic, have each sprung from a dread of modernityoften in response to assault (sometimes unwitting, sometimes intentional) by the mainstream society." "Armstrong sees fundamentalist groups as complex, innovative, and modern - rather than as throwbacks to the past - but contends that they have failed in religious terms. Maintaining that fundamentalism often exists in symbiotic relationship with an aggressive modernity, each impelling the other on to greater excess, she suggests compassion as a way to defuse what is now an intensifying conflict."--Jacket
The case for God by Karen Armstrong( Book )

39 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 3,233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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
Buddha by Karen Armstrong( Book )

52 editions published between 1459 and 2016 in 10 languages and held by 3,192 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A world-renouned religious thinker contemplates one of the world's most sacred figures. In a profound blend of biography, religion, history, and philosophy, Armstrong's highly original portrait of the Buddha explores both the archetypal religious icon and Buddha the man
Fields of blood : religion and the history of violence by Karen Armstrong( Book )

43 editions published between 2014 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 3,009 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the renowned and best-selling author of A History of God, a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence. For the first time in American history, religious self-identification is on the decline. Some have cited a perception that began to grow after Sept 11: That faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance and divisiveness--something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? And does it apply equally to all faiths? In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken understandings of the faiths subscribed around us, in our immediate community as well as globally. And so, with her deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong examines the impulse toward violence in each of the world's great religions
The great transformation : the beginning of our religious traditions by Karen Armstrong( Book )

29 editions published between 2006 and 2009 in English and held by 2,734 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the ninth century BCE, the peoples of four distinct regions of the civilized world created the religious and philosophical traditions that have continued to nourish humanity to the present day: Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Later generations further developed these initial insights, but we have never grown beyond them. Now, Karen Armstrong reveals how the sages of this pivotal "Axial Age" can speak clearly and helpfully to the violence and desperation that we experience in our own times. The Axial Age faiths began in recoil from the unprecedented violence of their time. There was a remarkable consensus in their call for an abandonment of selfishness and a spirituality of compassion. The traditions of the Axial Age were not about dogma--all insisted on the primacy of compassion even in the midst of suffering.--From publisher description
The Bible : a biography by Karen Armstrong( Book )

39 editions published between 2007 and 2017 in English and held by 2,673 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religious historian Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, life, and afterlife of history's most powerful book. Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected into one work, and how it became accepted as Christianity's sacred text. She explores how "as the pragmatic scientific ethos of modernity took hold, scripture was read for the information that it imparted" and how, in the nineteenth century, historical criticism of the Bible caused greater fear than Darwinism.--From publisher description
Jerusalem : one city, three faiths by Karen Armstrong( Book )

59 editions published between 1996 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Makes clear that the emotions binding such of the faiths to Jerusalem have grown even more powerful when a community's link to the city has been reestablished
Twelve steps to a compassionate life by Karen Armstrong( Book )

39 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 2,508 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Taking as her starting point the teachings of the great world religions, Karen Armstrong demonstrates in twelve practical steps how we can bring compassion to the forefront of our lives. Armstrong argues that compassion is inseparable from humanity, and by transcending the limitations of selfishness on a daily basis we will not only make a difference in the world but also lead happier, more fulfilled, lives
Muhammad : a biography of the prophet by Karen Armstrong( Book )

37 editions published between 1991 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 2,336 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This biography attempts to strip away centuries of distortion and myth and present a balanced view of Muhammad, the man whose religion, Islam, continues to dramatically affect the course of history
Holy war : the Crusades and their impact on today's world by Karen Armstrong( Book )

54 editions published between 1988 and 2001 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,248 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A penetrating narrative history of the Crusades that reveals the ominous links and parallels between those medieval clashes and the violent rivalries of the Middle East today
A short history of myth by Karen Armstrong( Book )

43 editions published between 2005 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 2,036 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Human beings have always been mythmakers. Theologian Armstrong here investigates myth: what it is, how it has evolved, and why we still so desperately need it. She takes us from the Paleolithic period and the myths of the hunters, up to the Great Western Transformation of the last five hundred years and the discrediting of myth by science. The history of myth is the history of humanity, our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, which link us to our ancestors and each other.--From publisher description
Muhammad : a prophet for our time by Karen Armstrong( Book )

15 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and held by 1,670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a biography of Muhammad, focusing on the prophet's role in the creation of Islam
In the beginning : a new interpretation of Genesis by Karen Armstrong( Book )

15 editions published between 1996 and 2011 in English and held by 1,429 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The power of Genesis lies in its stories, especially those of the creation, the Fall, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph. Armstrong traces the grand design of Genesis and its great themes, examines its stories in fascinating detail, and shows why and how they work so well to illustrate the human quest for meaning." "We discover how these ancient tales illuminate our most profound and intractable problems: our struggle with evil, with obtuseness, with cowardice, and particularly with the difficulty of facing up to the consequences of our past actions. Most significantly, Armstrong makes clear how the stories in Genesis can help us to relate - morally - to our own personal histories in our strivings to make ourselves whole, and to grasp why the struggle itself is worthwhile even if its goal is never fully achieved."--Jacket
The Gospel according to woman : Christianity's creation of the sex war in the West by Karen Armstrong( Book )

27 editions published between 1986 and 1996 in English and held by 886 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Investigates how Christianity has affected the lives and identities of women through the centuries and how women are still affected today
Islam : a short history by Karen Armstrong( Book )

40 editions published between 2000 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 763 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In the public mind, Islam is a religion of extremes: it is the world's fastest growing faith; more than three-quarters of the world's refugees are Islamic; it has produced government by authoritarian monarchies in Saudi Arabia and ultra-republicans in Iran. Whether we are reading about civil war in Algeria or Afghanistan, the struggle for the soul of Turkey, or political turmoil in Pakistan or Malaysia, the Islamic context permeates all these situations. Karen Armstrong's elegant and concise book traces how Islam grew from the other religions of the book, Judaism and Christianity; introduces us to the character of Muhammed; and demonstrates that for much of its history, the religion has been a force for enlightenment that promoted liberties for women and allowed the arts and sciences to flourish. Islam shows how this progressive legacy is today often set aside as the faith struggles to come to terms with the economic and political weakness of most of its believers and with the forces of modernity itself
Beyond our differences( Visual )

2 editions published in 2009 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Features interviews with religious leaders and politicians as they are asked what inspires them in these challenging times, as more and more people are turning to religion and spirituality to gain a sense of meaning and understanding with what they are facing
Feminist theology : a reader by Ann Loades( Book )

8 editions published between 1990 and 2004 in English and held by 654 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

St. Paul : the apostle we love to hate by Karen Armstrong( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 653 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A stirring account of the life of Paul, who brought Christianity to the Jews, by the most popular writer on religion in the English-speaking world, Karen Armstrong, author of The History of God, which has been translated into thirty languages"--
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Islam : a short history
Islam : a short historyThe battle for GodThe case for GodBuddhaThe great transformation : the beginning of our religious traditionsThe Bible : a biographyJerusalem : one city, three faithsTwelve steps to a compassionate life
Alternative Names
Armstrong, Karen

Armstrong, Kerin

Armstrong, Kerin, 1944-

Ārmstronga, Karena 1944-

Ārmstrunǧ, Kārīn 1944-

Ārmstrūnj, Kārīn 1944-

Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong author and comparative religion scholar from Great Britain

Karen Armstrong britische Religionsforscherin

Karen Armstrong Brits schrijfster

Karen Armstrong Brits schrijver

Karen Armstrong écrivain britannique spécialisé dans l'histoire des religions

Karen Armstrong escritora británica especializada en religión comparada

Karen Armstrong saggista britannica

Karen Armstrongová

Армстронг Карен

Армстронг, Карен, 1944-

Армстронг, Керин

Карен Армстронг

ארמסטרונג, קרן 1944-

קארן ארמסטרונג

קארן ארמסטרונג סופרת בריטית

أرمسترونج، كارين

أرمسترونغ، كارين، 1944-

كارن أرمسترونغ

كارين ارمسترونج

كارين أرمسترونج، 1944-

كارين أرمسترونغ، 1944-

کارن آرمسترانق

کارن آرمسترانگ نویسنده و الهی‌دان بریتانیایی

کیرن آرم سٹرانگ

কারেন আর্মস্ট্রং

കാരൻ ആംസ്ട്രോങ്ങ്

암스트롱, 카렌 1944-

케런 암스트롱이 TED Prize 소망을 말한다

アームストロング, K.

アームストロング, カレン