An essential book for our times: a thoughtful, cultured response to Richard Dawkins
There is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth. For the first time in history, a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God. Mlitant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of missionaries and find an eager audience. What has happened?
Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong shows that meaning of words such as 'belief', 'faith', and 'mystery' has been entirely altered, so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God - and, indeed, reason itself - in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing.
Does God have a future? Karen Armstrong examines how we can build a faith that speaks to the needs of our troubled and dangerously polarized world.Author Profile
Karen Armstrong is one of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun in the 1960s, but then left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. She is a best-selling author of over 15 books. An accomplished writer and passionate campaigner for religious liberty, Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and the Senate and has participated in the World Economic Forum.Reviews
One of our best living writers on religion….prodigiously sourced, passionately written,A journey through religion that helps us to rescue what remains wise from so much that to many in Britain today no longer seems true…. Armstrong is one of the the handful of wise and supremely intelligent commentators on religion,A tour de force of learning. A hefty history of theology, philosophy and science, and how they converge, it knocks Dawkins and Hitchens into an intellectual cocked hat...Armstrong rejoices in the unknowableness of life and searches, logically enough for meaning therein,Forget Richard Dawkins – just read it with an open mind,It isn’t an easy read – why should it be? – but she is wonderfully clear and insightful – and not out to convert anyone,Impressive…great eloquence,This is a stunned appreciation of an ‘otherness’ beyond the reach of language, and for Armstrong, constitutes the heart of every religion,This is smart work,Armstrong makes a wise and passionate case for a God of myth rather than reason, of wisdom rather than knowledge