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A history of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam by Karen Armstrong

Updated: Nov 8, 2020

About the book

This book is about how the three dominant monotheistic religions of the world - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - have shaped and altered the conception of God is a tour de force. One of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, Armstrong traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the modern age of skepticism, Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one compelling volume.

What I love about it

Some of her writing confirmed my frustrations with organized religions while other portions encouraged me to have a more open mind about the innumerable ways to conceive of and worship God

She compares trends in Hinduism and Buddhism to the big three monotheisms

Quotes to remember

The only way to show a true respect for God is to act morally while ignoring God’s existence.”

“Respect only has meaning as respect for those with whom I do not agree”

How I can apply it’s content to my life

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