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The Case for God

Karen Armstrong

Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time, when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. Why has God become unbelievable? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors? Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level. And she makes a powerful, convincing argument for drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age. Yet she cautions us that religion was never supposed to provide answers that lie within the competence of human reason; that, she says, is the role of logos. The task of religion is "to help us live creatively, peacefully, and even joyously with realities for which there are no easy explanations." She emphasizes, too, that religion will not work automatically. It is, she says, a practical discipline: its insights are derived not from abstract speculation but from "dedicated intellectual endeavor" and a "compassionate lifestyle that enables us to break out of the prism of selfhood." From the Hardcover edition.

Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time, when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. Why has God become unbelievable? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors? Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level. And she makes a powerful, convincing argument for drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age. Yet she cautions us that religion was never supposed to provide answers that lie within the competence of human reason; that, she says, is the role of logos. The task of religion is "to help us live creatively, peacefully, and even joyously with realities for which there are no easy explanations." She emphasizes, too, that religion will not work automatically. It is, she says, a practical discipline: its insights are derived not from abstract speculation but from "dedicated intellectual endeavor" and a "compassionate lifestyle that enables us to break out of the prism of selfhood." From the Hardcover edition.
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Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time, when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. Why has God become unbelievable? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors? Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level. And she makes a powerful, convincing argument for drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age. Yet she cautions us that religion was never supposed to provide answers that lie within the competence of human reason; that, she says, is the role of logos. The task of religion is "to help us live creatively, peacefully, and even joyously with realities for which there are no easy explanations." She emphasizes, too, that religion will not work automatically. It is, she says, a practical discipline: its insights are derived not from abstract speculation but from "dedicated intellectual endeavor" and a "compassionate lifestyle that enables us to break out of the prism of selfhood." From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Length:

16h 56m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:31


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:25


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:05


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:32


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:01


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:20


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:46


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:47


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:35


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:05


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:35


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

02:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:51


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:36


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:45


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:15


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:32


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:16


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

04:39


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:48


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:14


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:52


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:27


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

01:53


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:49


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:06


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:37


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:35


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

02:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:11


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:33


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:53


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:17


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:42


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:12


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:10


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

02:53


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:53


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:48


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:00


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:03


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

05:01


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:38


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:59


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:53


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:38


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:10


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:47


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:55


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

05:06


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:11


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:16


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:18


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:23


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:31


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:34


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:03


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:29


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:25


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:19


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:02


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:38


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

04:42


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:49


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:28


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:44


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:44


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

05:04


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

05:02


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:42


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:45


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:47


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:57


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:48


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:48


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

04:26


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:37


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:44


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:50


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

04:57


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:56


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:55


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:01


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

04:53


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:46


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:59


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:35


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:16


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

02:20


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

02:48


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

04:45


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

05:04


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

04:53


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

03:29


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

03:39


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

04:56


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

05:02


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

03:44


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:20


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

04:43


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

04:39


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:39


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:26


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:00


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

04:38


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:11


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

04:32


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

04:48


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

04:50


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:08


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

05:00


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

05:00


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:59


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:52


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

04:56


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:59


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

04:39


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

04:09


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

04:50


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:47


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

04:59


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

04:15


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

03:11


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

03:00


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

03:45


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

04:36


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

04:40


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

04:54


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

03:28


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

02:46


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

02:47


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

02:52


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

03:25


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

04:44


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

04:42


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

04:33


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

04:33


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

04:25


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

04:27


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

03:20


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

04:20


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

04:54


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

05:04


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:59


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

04:29


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

05:01


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

04:55


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

03:50


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

03:02


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

02:14


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

04:55


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

03:40


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

02:42


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

03:21


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

05:00


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

05:04


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

04:20


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

04:08


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

02:58


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

02:38


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

03:46


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

03:45


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

03:36


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

03:10


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

03:05


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

03:43


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

02:57


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

04:24


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

03:47


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

04:27


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

04:46


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

03:05


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

03:19


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

04:58


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

03:57


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

03:41


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

04:53


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

02:10


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

04:32


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

04:58


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

03:57


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

03:42


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

04:57

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