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By Karen Armstrong

"An admirable and bold paintings of synthesis that may supply perception and delight to hundreds of thousands of lay readers."THE WASHINGTON put up publication WORLDIn this stunningly clever booklet, Karen Armstrong, certainly one of Britain's best commentators on non secular affairs, lines the heritage 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 heritage of monotheism into one fantastically readable quantity, destined to take its position as a vintage.

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It would have saved me a great deal of anxiety to hear - from eminent monotheists in all three faiths - that instead of waiting for God to descend from on high, I should deliberately create a sense of him for myself. Other Rabbis, priests and Sufis would have taken me to task for assuming that God was - in any sense - a reality 'out there'; they would have warned me not to expect to experience him as an objective fact that could be discovered by the ordinary rational process. They would have told me that in an important sense God was a product of the creative imagination, like the poetry and music that I found so inspiring.

There is a distinction between belief in a set of propositions and a faith which enables us to put our trust in them. I believed implicitly in the existence of God; I also believed in the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, the efficacy of the sacraments, the prospect of eternal damnation and the objective reality of Purgatory. I cannot say, however, that my belief in these religious opinions about the nature of ultimate reality gave me much confidence that life here on earth was good or beneficent.

P) ~~~~ Structure: (Folder and Sub Folders) {Main Folder} - HTML Files | |- {Nav} - Navigation Files | |- {PDB} | |- {Pic} - Graphic files | |- {Text} - Text File -Salmun Maps The Ancient Middle East The Kingdom of Israel and Judah 722-586 BCE Christianity and Judaism CE 50-300 The World of the Fathers of the Church Arabia and Environs at the time of the Prophet Muhammad (570-632 CE) The Islamic Empire by 750 The Jews of Islam c. 750 The Jews Settle in Eastern France and Germany 500-1100 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.

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