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Written by Karen ArmstrongAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Karen Armstrong

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 496 pages
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  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • On Sale: August 9, 1994
  • Price: $17.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-345-38456-0 (0-345-38456-3)
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Do we need God? Why does God exist? In her provocative response to questions like these, Karen Armstrong traces the development of the idea of one god in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

For over 4,000 years the idea of a single divine being has existed. In this masterful and illuminating work, Karen Armstrong surveys the idea and experience of God in Judaism, Christianity and Islam, showing that the human idea of God has, through the centuries, meant something different to each faith at various points. At the same time, she draws our attention to the basic and profound similarities between the three faiths. Why has the West been the first to discard God? Why has the late 20th century seen the rise of fundamentalism in all three faiths? Does God have a future?

Striking and controversial, A History of God brilliantly illuminates the present state of religion with insights and analyses from the past and provides a thoughtful way to begin the search for a new concept of God for the 21st century.

“An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers.”—The Washington Post Book World