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A History of God

By Karen Armstrong
  • ISBN Code: : 0307798585
  • Publisher : Ballantine Books
  • Pages : 496
  • Category : Religion
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Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. The epic story begins with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism—a concept previously unknown in the world. Christianity and Islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned 'the One God' to suit the social and political needs of their followers. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic. Praise for History of God “An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers.”—The Washington Post Book World “A brilliantly lucid, spendidly readable book. [Karen] Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying.”—The Sunday Times (London) “Absorbing . . . A lode of learning.”—Time “The most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history—the quest for God. Karen Armstrong is a genius.”—A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life

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Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 The origin of the idea of God is unclear, but it is believed that human beings created a God who was the First Cause of all things and Ruler of heaven and earth. He was not represented by images, and had no temple or priests in his service. He was too exalted for an inadequate human cult. #2 The sense of the numinous, which is the underlying basis of religion, is difficult to explain. It is a mysterious force that people feel in different ways. It is sensed in every aspect of life, and people attempt to express their wonder and awe toward it in myths and symbols. #3 In the ancient world, people believed that it was only by participating in the divine life that they would become truly human. Earthly life was believed to be fragile and overshadowed by mortality, but if people imitated the actions of the gods, they would share to some degree their greater power and effectiveness. #4 The ancient world of Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, had a similar spirituality. The Tigris-Euphrates valley was inhabited by the people known as the Sumerians, who had established one of the first great cultures of the Oikumene. The Sumerians developed their cuneiform script, built the extraordinary temple-towers called ziggurats, and developed an impressive law, literature, and mythology.

Does God Exist?

By W. David Beck
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  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Book Code : 0830853014
  • Total of Pages : 328
  • Category : Religion
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Does God exist? In one incisive volume, philosopher W. David Beck offers a narrative of pre-Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, Christian, and Islamic arguments for God's existence. In this history of answers to an essential question, readers will encounter both classical and contemporary arguments, including cosmological, teleological, moral, and ontological arguments.

The Doctrine of God

By Christopher B. Kaiser
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1579105491
  • Total of Pages : 184
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 140
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The key to the doctrine of the Trinity is the combination of transcendence and personality in the biblical portrayal of God. This idea is traced through Old Testament, New Testament, the Church Fathers, medieval scholasticism, the Reformation and early modern theology, and three 20th century theologians (Barth, Pannenberg, and Macquarrie).

A History of Western Spirituality, and The Corruption of Eden

By Martin Hinde
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  • Publisher : Troubador Publishing Ltd
  • Book Code : 1800468806
  • Total of Pages : 200
  • Category : Philosophy
  • Members : 363
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Massive in scope, hugely detailed and meticulously researched. In this work the bestselling author of ‘Children of Eden’ takes his readership onto a whole new level of understanding about Western Spirituality;

The Reality of God and Historical Method

By Samuel V. Adams
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  • Publisher : InterVarsity Press
  • Book Code : 0830899502
  • Total of Pages : 297
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 410
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Samuel Adams engages the classic problem of the relation between faith and history from the perspective of apocalyptic theology in critical dialogue with the work of N. T. Wright. He argues that historical and theological scholars must take into consideration, at a methodological level, the reality of God that has invaded history in Jesus Christ.

The Memoirs of God

By Mark S. Smith
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  • Publisher : Fortress Press
  • Book Code : 9781451413977
  • Total of Pages : 187
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 795
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This insightful work examines the variety of ways that collective memory, oral tradition, history, and history writing intersect. Integral to all this are the ways in which ancient Israel was shaped by the monarchy, the Babylonian exile, and the dispersions of Judeans and the ways in which Israel conceptualized and interacted with the divine-Yahweh as well as other deities.

God's Eternal Gift: a History of the Catholic Doctrine of Predestination from Augustine to the Renaissance

By Guido Stucco
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  • Publisher : Xlibris Corporation
  • Book Code : 146911478X
  • Total of Pages : 780
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 940
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Guido Stucco holds a Ph.D. in Historical Theology from Sait Louis University. He is currently working on a book documenting the developments in the doctrine of predestination, from the Council of Trent to the Jansenist controversy.

A History of Judaism

By Martin Goodman
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  • Publisher : Penguin UK
  • Book Code : 0141978414
  • Total of Pages : 512
  • Category : History
  • Members : 227
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A panoramic history of Judaism from its origins to the present Judaism is by some distance the oldest of the three Abrahamic religions. Despite the extraordinarily diverse forms it has taken, the Jewish people have believed themselves bound to God by the same covenant for more than three thousand years. This book explains how Judaism came to be and how it has developed from one age to the next, as well as the ways in which its varieties have related to each other. A History of Judaism ranges from Judaism's inception amidst polytheistic societies in the second and fi rst millennia, through the Jerusalem Temple cult in the centuries preceding its destruction, to the rabbis, mystics and messiahs of medieval and early modern times and, finally, the many expressions of the modern and contemporary Jewish worlds. Throughout, Martin Goodman shows how Judaism has been made and remade over the millennia by individuals as well as communities, and shaped by the cultures and philosophies in which Jews have been immersed. It becomes a truly global story, spanning not only the Middle East, Europe and North Africa, but also China, India and America, andone that untangles the threads of doctrinal and philosophical debate running through Judaism's history. Goodman demonstrates that its numerous strains have often adopted incompatible practices and ideas - about the authority of ancestral traditions, the meaning of scripture, the nature of God, the afterlife and the End of Days - but that disagreement has almost always been tolerated without schism. There have been many histories of the Jewish people but remarkably few attempts to describe the history and evolution of Judaism itself. This panoramic book, the fi rst of its kind in almost seventy years, does glorious justice to the inexhaustible variety of one the world's great religions.

God and the History of the Universe

By Jarvis Streeter
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  • Publisher : Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Book Code : 1498236790
  • Total of Pages : 500
  • Category : Religion
  • Members : 454
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The popular belief that a scientific understanding of reality is incompatible with a Christian one is simply wrong. Some Christian understandings of reality do conflict with some scientific understandings. But a thoroughly rational Christian understanding of the origin and history of the universe will be informed by the best scientific theories and the "facts" founded on them. This book weaves a narrative of the origin and history of the universe from the perspective of contemporary science with a Christian understanding of God and of God's role in the origin and history of the universe. At the center of this integrated narrative is the view that God, who is pure, unbounded Love, is Creator: the zest for life in the universe comes from God, and God is the source of Truth, Beauty, and Goodness in the universe. God is amazed and delighted at what God-and-the-world has created; God is saddened by ways creatures have fallen short of pure, unbounded Love, Truth, Beauty, and Goodness; and God's pure, unbounded Love keeps on trying to persuade all creatures toward Truth, Beauty, and Goodness.

Gospel and History

By K. J. Popma
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  • Publisher : WordBridge Publishing
  • Book Code : N.a
  • Total of Pages : 248
  • Category : History
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Gospel and History picks up where Scriptural Reflections on History left off, but with the added benefit of some 30 years' experience of life in church and society between them - indeed, the entire post-war period of the recovering 1950s and the revolutionary 1960s. A lot of water had gone under the bridge, and this was also true of Reformational philosophy. Theology in many respects was turning liberal, and Popma spends a great deal of time refuting the rationale behind that turn, the supposed need to keep up with the times, to keep in step with "modern man." For its part, true historical understanding must take the Biblical narrative into account, and more than that, it must take it seriously. For example: "We, by virtue of our very humanity, [are required to] make the personal acquaintance of the first human pair, inexperienced and innocent as they were. That is a difficult assignment, but it is not impossible, so long as we are prepared to enter a relationship that makes us as it were contemporaries of Adam and Eve. 'Modern man' so-called-Is he really that modern? Or is that modernity a mere excuse to back out of his simple human task?-'modern man cannot accept this, ' that is to say, he refuses to accept this. That has been the case throughout the ages. It's not at all 'modern'" (p. 167). "It is exceedingly foolish... to aver that this (as such mythical) modern man cannot accept the ascension of Christ. The unanswered (and for now unanswerable) questions relative to Christ's ascension into heaven existed already for the apostles who had witnessed the ascension with their own eyes. Our historicity does not differ all that much from that of people who lived two thousand years ago. Babbling about 'modern man' can call up pseudo-problems whereby the real difficulties are hidden from view" (p. 186). "'Modern man' is supposed to have discovered, with the cultural means of 'modern' times, that, viewed from a 'modern' perspective, demons do not 'exist, ' although they did exist for the apostles because their cultural pattern left lots of room for the 'existence' of demons, cosmic powers, spiritual forces of evil. A historicism of this kind brings with it the need for a general revision and invalidation of the biblical message" (p. 187). In opposition to this, a Scriptural, gospel-oriented view of history must take these data into account as "hard facts" (the title of another of Popma's scriptural explorations), and when that is done we arrive at a new vision of history, one which stretches back even before the material creation to that of angels and demons, and takes the entirety of history into account from that point onward, precisely as salvation history. The action of God in history is a series of judgments which seem ineffectual but which in actuality bring forth a new world, revealed at the Last Judgment. And history extends onward into the future beyond that final judgment. For there is no real end to history, except for those cast into outer darkness, who as such are no longer allowed to participate in it. "History was already there when God through the Mother Promise declared history to be salvation history.... history will still be there when salvation will have been accomplished: after Judgment Day and the resurrection of the flesh, history will continue-one might even say: then history starts in earnest, in the second and last Paradise, which will far eclipse the first in glory. The cultural mandate will go on; its field of activity will be immense" (p. 83). All in all, "the meaning of history consists in this, that God wants to unite all things in Christ, things in heaven and things on earth" (p. 98). In Popma's hands, history becomes a far greater thing than we can even imagine - and rightly so.