Karen Armstrong - The Battle for God
Reveals how the fundamentalist movements in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam were born out of a dread of modernity.
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|Nonfiction Subcategory||Christianity / General • Fundamentalism • Fundamentalism - History • Islam / History • Judaism / History • Orthodox Judaism - History • Reference • Islamic Fundamentalism - History|
|Professional Reviews||Boston Book Review: "Armstrong is immensely learned, but there is a disproportion between evidence and analysis in her book.", San Francisco Chronicle: "Armstrong succeeds - brilliantly - in placing fundamentalist movements in a historical context, showing how each is both a product of its times and typical of recurring trends....Armstrong, with her astonishing depth of knowledge and readily accessible writing style, makes an ideal guide in traversing a subject that is by its very nature complex, sensitive and frequently ambiguous. Her unwavering respect for the great faiths and their followers balances nicely with her apparent disdain for extremism in all its forms.", Wall Street Journal: "In her new book [Armstrong] is coy about her ultimate convictions, although the reader may infer a practical agnosticism....So Ms. Armstrong finds herself on the horns of a dilemma: She recognizes the existence of deep religious impulses in man but refuses to validate any religious truth.", Fernandez-Armesto, Felipe, Literary Review: "Karen Armstrong has a tough mind and a tender heart. She can tell a menace when she sees one, analyze it thoroughly and summarize it fairly. She belongs to the subjects' points of view rather than affecting dispassion.", Hedges, Chris, New York Times Book Review: "Whether or not you see fundamentalism as a threat, as Karen Armstrong does in THE BATTLE FOR GOD, hers is one of the most penetrating, readable and prescient accounts to date of the rise of the fundamentalist movements in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.", Marty, Martin E., Beliefnet: "...Armstrong's fairness to each of her three religions is a hall mark of the book, as she bows and bend to do justice to their idiosyncrasies. Along the way, she also manages to be very illuminating."|
Product Review Summary
3 Reviews from Epinions.com
Sep 17, 2000
The Battle for God
Pros: Impressive depth of knowledge and fairness in perspective
Cons: I would have liked it to come a little farther in history than 1980ish (but, to be fair, it couldn't have) Read More at Epinions.com
Nov 26, 2007
Blame it on Copernicus
Pros: Lots of information on the rise and development of the three monotheistic faiths. Well-written.
Cons: Seriously flawed thesis.