By Karen Armstrong
"An admirable and ambitious paintings of synthesis that might supply perception and pride to millions of lay readers."
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In this stunningly clever ebook, Karen Armstrong, certainly one of Britain's best commentators on non secular 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 historical past of monotheism into one beautifully readable quantity, destined to take its position as a vintage.
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Extra resources for A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
Flory and Miller do much to destroy such stereotypes. The spiritual questing of these Reclaimers relates to a need to find a point of stability in the flux of life. Their spiritual quests reflect a recovery of tradition, notably in liturgy which caters for their visual and ritual needs. The indefiniteness of postmodern life and the rootlessness of their culture, with its endless capacities for experimentation, generate an emptiness that can be resolved by a rooting in tradition. The very elements of subjectivity and expressiveness that takes a turn into holistic spirituality can also effect movement in the opposite direction, as in the case of these Reclaimers in California.
He well indicates that the ‘return’ to spirituality within organised religions such as Catholicism is by no means new, but is endemic in its traditions. The dilemmas these ‘returns’ effect are by no means new. But what is new is the sociological realisation of the importance of spirituality emerging as a cultural need in Italian society, a point only grasped as recently as 2003. In Giordan’s perspective, spirituality is attached to religion, but in an unofficial almost residual form, where Catholicism can still make claims on Italian cultural sensibilities and the needs of identity that underpin these.
Both indicate a common response to a felt loss of social capital. Unlike the Reclaimers, the Innovators seem almost indifferent to their worshipping settings. Oddly, their visual expectations do not move in that direction. Non-institutional and non-hierarchical, Innovators seem to abhor the authority in their spiritual forms that the reclaimers seek. In their notion of embodied spirituality, Flory and Miller seek to move beyond past notions of individualistic spiritualities and into communal settings.
A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam by Karen Armstrong