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The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong
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Mar 08, 2009

it was amazing
Recommended for: Everyone interested in religion and current events
Read in May, 2009

This book was very fascinating, covering the rise of fundamentalism in the three main monotheistic religions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The main tenant is that fundamentalism is a reaction by groups of people who become disenfranchised with modernization and attempt to cling the comfort of their more familiar mindsets. These groups feel persecuted and thus segregate themselves. At the same time, the modernization process has promoted the logos over the mythos to the harm, some would say, of the mystical nature of humankind; producing a nihilism, a penchant for barbaric tendencies, and a loss of soul.

I found the Islamic chapters very informative, especially in light of current events. To learn how imperialism and foreign economic interests have worked together to shape the events to how they are today and to realize that this pattern, repeating over and over again, has yet to change. We are still making the same mistakes.

Good stuff.

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