The apostle we love to hate, he also exerted a more significant influence on the spread of christianity throughout the world than any other figure in history. Paul is known throughout the world as the first christian writer, authoring fourteen of the twentyseven books in the new testament. Karen armstrong builds a case for god in her new book the case for god, the author a former nun argues that religion is a practical discipline that can teach us to discover new. In this short book karen armstrong sheds more light on the meaning and continuing relevance of the book of genesis than many authors have done in far longer works.
Karen armstrong is the author of numerous books on religious affairs, including the case for god, a history of god, the battle for god, holy war, islam, buddha,and the great transformation, as well as a memoir, the spiral staircase. Nov 05, 2019 karen armstrong wades into these debates and says that both sides are wrong. Christian fundamentalists reject the discoveries of biology and physics about the origins of life and insist that the book of genesis is scientifically sound in every detail. Karen armstrong books list of books by author karen. Aug 10, 2011 written with grace and clarity, the product of years of meticulous research, jerusalem combines the pageant of history with the profundity of searching spiritual analysis. Karen armstrong books list of books by author karen armstrong. Fields of blood, by karen armstrong the new york times. 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. Karen armstrong, english author of books on religion who was widely regarded as one of the leading commentators on the subject. From karen armstrong, the bestselling author of a history of god and the spiral staircase, comes this extraordinary investigation of a critical moment in the evolution of religious thought. Karen armstrong, author, scholar, and journalist, is among the worlds foremost commentators on religious history and culture. A british writer and former nun, armstrong argues in her magisterial new book, the lost art of scripture, that scripture shouldnt be interpreted literally or rigidly from a pulpit or in a library. Nov 22, 2019 karen armstrong, a bestselling british scholar of religion and former roman catholic nun, says that faith has more than a role in modern society. In a series of short chapters she discusses the vividly drawn men and women who, with their very human mixtures of strengths and weaknesses, people these remarkable stories.
Karen armstrong takes an active approach to scripture i see scripture more as an activity than a text, says karen armstrong, the foremost historian of religion in our time, whose new book the bible. It is here in the intuitive, imaginative side of the brain that humanity produces the myths, poems and rituals that constitute religions. Her work has been translated into fortyfive languages. Religious historian, faith author karen armstrong to speak in. Karen armstrong wades into these debates and says that both sides are wrong.
Writing with the broad perspective and deep understanding of human spirituality that won huge audiences for a history of god, armstrong illuminates the spread of militant piety as a phenomenon peculiar to our moment in history. Oct 26, 2019 karen armstrong is on a rather estimable rescue mission. Karen armstrongs booking agent and speaking fee speaker. In her new book, the lost art of scripture, karen armstrong asks us to consider scripture as an art form. In over five hundred pages karen armstrong, once a nun and the respected author of bestsellers like a history of god and the case for god, answers the question whether religion is the principal cause of violence. We will also examine the mythical piety of the premodern agrarian civilization, so that we can see how the old forms of faith worked.
At a time when many are throwing off the shackles of the past, jewish fundamentalists observe their revealed law more. Author of landmark bestseller the history of god winner of ted prize. She also writes religious articles for the guardian. She argues that scripture is flexible, evolving, contextual and. This is the fascinating, disturbing question that bestselling author karen armstrong addresses in her brilliant new book the battle for god.
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Sep 21, 2009 karen armstrong builds a case for god in her new book the case for god, the author a former nun argues that religion is a practical discipline that can teach us to discover new. Wilson as the foundation stone of the jewish and christian scriptures, the book of genesis unfolds some of the most arresting stories of world literaturethe creation. Armstrong condenses into a manageable volume the many ideas and traditions that influenced the creation of the good book. In this fascinating volume, karen armstrong, author of the highly praised a history of god, traces the history of how jews, christians, and muslims have all laid claim to jerusalem as. Venerated for millennia by three faiths, torn by irreconcilable conflict, conquered, rebuilt, and mourned for again and again, jerusalem is a sacred city whose very sacredness has engendered terrible tragedy. This edition contains an excerpt from karen armstrong s twelve steps to a compassionate life. While there are countless guides to reading the bible, noted academic karen armstrong looks at the history of the book with a keen historians eye. Karen armstrong is the author of numerous other books on religious affairsincluding a history of god, the battle for god, holy war, islam, buddha, and the great transformationand two memoirs, through the narrow gate and the spiral staircase. The 4,000year quest of judaism, christianity and islam. Karen armstrong is the author of numerous books on religious affairs. Nov 03, 2014 in her new book, fields of blood, karen armstrong argues against the idea that faith fuels wars. Her books included the gospel according to woman 1986, muhammad 1991, a history of god 1993, and the lost art of scripture 2019. Dec 14, 2014 just after finishing karen armstrongs new book, i happened to hear a discussion on television about the latest outbreak of violence in the middle east. A history of god by karen armstrong the new christian west during the middle ages introduction as a child, i had a number of strong religious beliefs but little faith in god.
In this timely and important book, one of the most trusted and admired writers on the. Like karen armstrong s a history of god, jerusalem is a book for the ages. Author interview karen armstrong, author of the bible. Ask her anything religious thinker karen armstrong has written more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, studying what islam, judaism and christianity have in common, and how our faiths shaped world history and drive current events. Rescuing the sacred texts by karen armstrong the washington post. Towards the end of karen armstrongs new memoir, the spiral staircase, she touches upon the strange historical phenomena of hermits. Hoping to rectify this misunderstanding, armstrong in her latest book ambitiously presents the story of how the worlds scriptures were produced. Karen armstrong has written an amazingly wideranging book, showing that the worlds religious texts can be a. Just after finishing karen armstrongs new book, i happened to hear a discussion on television about the latest outbreak of violence in the middle east. Karen armstrong is on a rather estimable rescue mission. A former roman catholic religious sister, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical christian faith. Armstrong helps us to understand the nature of jerusalems intrinsic holiness while describing the importance of its richly woven history, its archaeology, and its everchanging topography. Karen armstrong builds a case for god in her new book the case for god, the author a former nun argues that religion is a practical.
The terrorist attacks in paris rendered her new book fields of blood. See the newest novels, discuss with other book lovers, buy romance books online. In the battle for god, karen armstrong brilliantly and sympathetically shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish. She argues that compassion is the core, fundamental idea behind the three abrahamic religions, and. Karen armstrong born 1944, is a former roman catholic nun, well known for her books on abrahamic religion. Author karen armstrong spoke with mprs kerri miller about her new book the lost art of scripture. There is a distinction between belief in a set of propositions and a faith which enables us to put our trust in them. The 4,000year quest of judaism, christianity, and islam, and islam. It is here in the intuitive, imaginative side of the brain. Karen armstrong audio books, best sellers, author bio. Karen armstrong is the author of numerous other books on religious affairsincluding a history of god, the battle for god, holy war, the case for god, islam, buddha, and the great transformationand two memoirs, through the narrow gate and the spiral staircase. Karen armstrong, obe, frsl born 14 november 1944 is a british author and commentator of irish catholic descent known for her books on comparative religion.
Neurologists in recent decades have suggested that the right hemisphere of the brain is essential to the creation of poetry and music, whereas the left hemisphere is pragmatic and selective, specialising in language skills, problemsolving, and law. She is the author of numerous books on religion, including the case for god, a history of god, the battle for god, holy war, islam, buddha, and the great transformation, as well as a memoir, the spiral staircase. Nov 14, 2019 author karen armstrong spoke with mprs kerri miller about her new book the lost art of scripture. Karen armstrong, a bestselling british scholar of religion and former roman catholic nun, says that faith has more than a role in modern society. Myths and the modern world human beings have always used myths as a framework on which to shape religion, literature and, early on, science. Its a bit like using weights in the gym to enhance your physique. Religious historian, faith author karen armstrong to speak. Karen armstrong believes that religious insights are developed in the right hemisphere. She spent seven years as a roman catholic nun, but left her teaching order in 1969 to read english at st annes college, oxford. Karen armstrongs new book argues that scripture is meant to be interpreted by the spirit of the words, not by the letter of the law. The first part of this book will, therefore, go back to the late fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, when the people of western europe had begun to develop their new science. Nov 11, 2019 karen armstrongs new book argues that scripture is meant to be interpreted by the spirit of the words, not by the letter of the law. Karen armstrong has 45 books on goodreads with 327203 ratings.
In her new book, fields of blood, karen armstrong argues against the idea that faith fuels wars. Her bestselling books, including a history of god, and soughtafter talks examine the differences and the profound similarities between christianity, islam, and judaism, and their impact on world events. Religion scholar karen armstrongs new book, the lost art of scripture, discusses innovative ways to practically apply faith in daily life. In her new book, karen armstrong explains how jerusalem has become so deeply rooted in the identities of the three major religions branching from abraham. Religion and the history of violence suddenly and tragically very urgent. Discount prices on books by karen armstrong, including titles like people of the book. In the ninth century bce, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have endured to the present. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. Karen armstrongs most popular book is a history of god. Karen armstrong is one of the worlds leading commentators on religious affairs. Karen armstrong is the most original and inclusive speaker on the role of religion in the modern world.1519 740 220 367 644 750 1057 1484 1390 1439 356 581 225 1237 1561 695 1151 761 1230 27 1240 1089 1204 1567 1141 993 1288 94 1089 1243 975 456 763 638 1084 411 94 422 412