[Download] The Case for God By Karen Armstrong

The Case for God

By: Karen Armstrong
Narrated by: Karen Armstrong
Length: 16 hours
Release date: Sep 22, 2009
Rating: 1 Star2 Stars3 Stars4 Stars5 Stars (159 votes, average: 4.00 out of 5)

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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."

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7 Responses to “[Download] The Case for God By Karen Armstrong”

  1. Adalberto Henderson

    Wonderful book; very concise and penetrating
    What made the experience of listening to The Case for God the most enjoyable?

  2. Coy Barrientes

    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

  3. Karyl Fluharty

    insightful, well researched, thought-provoking
    Ms Karen Armstrong, as always, comes prepared and presents complex ideas. She then weaves together centuries of thought and philosophy

  4. Pansy Borel

    Wish it was Written in Simple Understanding
    This book is ok, not fond of the extreme large British vocabulary though. Most people don’t have a large vocabulary like myself.

  5. mary

    Something to think about
    I have been following Karen Armstrong’s work for many years. She truly knows her information thoroughly. Karen presents her findings and knowledge without bias. Karen’s narrative is easy to listen to, and keeps you wanting more. I will be putting a hard copy into my own library .

  6. Juniper Nichols

    I’ve always been an atheist due to an inability to “believe,” but that seems to be beside the point
    Possibly the most important scholarly work of the present day, certainly one of the most important messages I’ve heard. Looking at religion as it has been practiced throughout the millennia brings contemporary spirituality into sharp contrast with its original purpose, context, and practice. The divisive literalism so prevalent in several sects today is apparently, for the most part, a very recent development and not part of their mainstream traditions. I found the epilogue alone to be worth the price of admission, it’s a summation that brings home her point about looking to the past for the value of “unknowing” and the importance of practice to bring meaning to the mystery. My intellectual curiosity about religion has now warmed into greater respect.

  7. Marisol Hasfjord

    This is not a case for god, it’s a case for religion…
    …and what’s more, religion as it was practiced in ancient times. I’m a huge fan of Karen Armstrong, but this is her weakest argument.

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