The Case for God - Karen Armstrong

Religion today often seems caught between the literalism of fundamentalists and the atheism of materialists. Arguing against both sides of this all-or-nothing debate, Karen Armstrong, the great scholar and historian of religion, looks back to the roots of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and other traditions to make The Case For God (Knopf, $27.95). Originally, belief rested in symbol, myth, and mystery. Not orthodox propositions, but behavior specifically delineated as outside everyday concerns was the hallmark of spirituality, and religious practices were designed to reinforce community bonds, teach compassion, and help contain potentially overwhelming emotions like fear, grief, or guilt. The emphasis was on what was unknown and probably unknowable about a deity, and this is in sharp contrast to today’s dogmas and truth claims. Where modern religions have gone wrong, Armstrong argues, is in treating religion like science and expecting the same sorts of certainty from a sacred text that we would from a scientific textbook.

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ISBN: 9780307389800
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Published: Anchor - September 7th, 2010

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