By Karen Armstrong
"An admirable and bold paintings of synthesis that might supply perception and delight to hundreds of thousands of lay readers."THE WASHINGTON submit ebook WORLDIn this stunningly clever ebook, Karen Armstrong, one in every of Britain's greatest commentators on spiritual affairs, strains the background of ways women and men have perceived and skilled God, from the time of Abraham to the current. From classical philsophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the fashionable age of skepticism, Karen Armstrong plays the close to miracle of distilling the highbrow background of monotheism into one beautifully readable quantity, destined to take its position as a vintage.
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So enable me ask you: Do phrases like robust, passionate, profitable, and cheerful describe your Christian lifestyles? Are you residing with function? Your objective is the explanation God positioned you the following in the world. you have to notice your goal, yet you furthermore mght want ardour since it is the hearth that feeds your objective.
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Attention seemed focused on secondary details and the more peripheral aspects of religion. I wrestled with myself in prayer, trying to force my mind to encounter God but he remained a stern taskmaster, who observed my every infringement of the Rule, or tantalisingly absent. The more I read about the raptures of the saints, the more of a failure I felt. I was unhappily aware that what little religious experience I had, had somehow been manufactured by myself as I worked upon my own feelings and imagination.
I have therefore had recourse to the alternatives 'BCE' (Before the Common Era) and 'CE' (Common Era). 1 - In the Beginning. In the beginning, human beings created a God who was the First Cause of all things and Ruler of heaven and earth. He was not represented by images and had no temple or priests in his service. He was too exalted for an inadequate human cult. Gradually he faded from the consciousness of his people. He had become so remote that they decided that they did not want him any more.
Our ethical secular ideal has its own disciplines of mind and heart and gives people the means of finding faith in the ultimate meaning of human life that were once provided by the more conventional religions. When I began to research this history of the idea and experience of God in the three related monotheistic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, I expected to find that God had simply been a projection of human needs and desires. I thought that 'he' would mirror the fears and yearnings of society at each stage of its development.