Reviews for History of God : The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam
AudioFile Reviews 2004 October/November
Karen Armstrong's subtitle isn't quite accurate. This history of God doesn't just review how believers in each in the three major Western monotheistic religions conceptualized the Divine. Armstrong also explains how each faith influenced the others and how each related to philosophical, political, and scientific developments. Armstrong's tone is engaged, almost excited, communicating the importance of this topic, but balanced and fair. In this the delivery matches the text: Both are clear and accessible. The one weakness in this production is that it's an abridgment; so much is covered in a relatively short time that more explanation of the subtler points, and a slower pace, would have worked better. G.T.B. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
Library Journal Reviews 2004 November #1
Armstrong (Through the Narrow Gate) is a frequent commentator on Islam. This work, published before September 11, 2001, is a timeless and timely exploration of the differences and similarities among Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. It takes an informative, sometimes witty, and contemplative approach to the subject. With a broad view, the author considers herself to be "a historian of ideas." Finding religion to be "highly problematic," she discusses the historical, philosophical, intellectual, and social developments during the ages that shaped the fundamental beliefs and practices of these faiths. She asserts that "strange as it may seem" to contemporary believers, "the idea of `God' developed in a market economy in a spirit of aggressive capitalism." Recommended for all academic and public libraries.-Pam Kingsbury, Univ. of North Alabama, Florence Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.