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The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong
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Jan 10, 09

Read in January, 2005

This seminal book by Karen Armstrong my be her best work and is number 8 on my most influential list. Her deeply researched and wonderfully insightful book reviews a thousand years of religious fundamentalism in three faiths, Christainity, Judaism and Islam. The parallels and commonality of the "true believers" is frightening but, as she points out,is a result of our nature and need to beleive. The non-believers not only become the enemy but the mortal enemy who, if left unchallenged, will exterminate the believers, perhaps to the end of the world. Such is the depth of their belief and the strength with which it pssesses their minds. It is not an anti-religious tract nor does it favor any belief system. It is a thoughtful review of an inherant condition brought on by religion and our history of violence as homo sapiens. Perhaps the solution to this problem is the greatest need facing humanity.
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Richard The analysis in this book is easily shown to be facile and superficial, Larry. The author has not deeply researched except from secondary sources in a library - and then misuses them by revising them in a re-telling for her own ends. She's not a good historian, anthropologist, philosopher or theologian - yet writes up self-serving distinctions like mythos and logos that are untrue and wholly inexact - whilst dishonestly expressed with (false) authority. This author failed to get her Ph.D. dissertation approved, and her sloppy books show why.


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