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Storia di Dio: da Abramo ad oggi : 4000 anni alla ricerca di Dio (1993)

di Karen Armstrong

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"As soon as they became recognizably human, men and women--in their hunger to understand their own presence on earth and the mysteries within and around them--began to worship gods. Karen Armstrong's masterly and illuminating book explores the ways in which the idea and experience of God evolved among the monotheists--Jews, Christians and Muslims. Weaving a multicolored fabric of historical, philosophical, intellectual and social developments and insights, Armstrong shows how, at various times through the centuries, each of the monotheistic religions has held a subtly different concept of God. At the same time she draws our attention to the basic and profound similarities among them, making it clear that in all of them God has been and is experienced intensely, passionately and often--especially in the West--traumatically. Some monotheists have seen darkness, desolation and terror, where others have seen light and transfiguration; the reasons for these inherent differences are examined, and the people behind them are brought to life. We look first at the gradual move away from the pagan gods to the full-fledged monotheism of the Jews during the exile in Babylon. Next considered is the development of parallel, yet different, perceptions and beliefs among Christians and Muslims. The book then moves "generationally" through time to examine the God of the philosophers and mystics in all three traditions, the God of the Reformation, the God of the Enlightenment and finally the nineteenth- and twentieth-century challenges of skeptics and atheists, as well as the fiercely reductive faith of the fundamentalists of our own day. Armstrong suggests that any particular idea of God must--if it is to survive--work for the people who develop it, and that ideas of God change when they cease to be effective. She argues that the concept of a personal God who behaves like a larger version of ourselves was suited to mankind at a certain stage but no longer works for an increasing number of people." "Understanding the ever-changing ideas of God in the past and their relevance and usefulness in their time, she says, is a way to begin the search for a new concept for the twenty-first century. Her book shows that such a development is virtually inevitable, in spite of the despair of our increasingly "Godless" world, because it is a natural aspect of our humanity to seek a symbol for the ineffable reality that is universally perceived."--Publisher's description.… (altro)
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answer of many questions
  sidrasabir | Sep 11, 2022 |
Este libro magistral y revelador analiza las formas en que la idea y la experiencia de Dios han ido evolucionando entre los monoteístas, sean éstos judíos, cristianos o musulmanes. A través de la fabricación de un tejido multicolor de teorías e intuiciones históricas, filosóficas, intelectuales y sociales, Armstrong nos muestra cómo, a lo largo de los siglos, cada una de las religiones monoteístas ha abrazado un concepto ligeramente distinto de Dios. Al mismo tiempo, dirige nuestra atención a las semejanzas fundamentales y profundas que existen entre ellas, demostrando que en las tres, Dios ha sido y es experimentado de una forma intensa, apasionada y a menudo -sobre todo en occidente- traumática. El hecho es que algunos monoteístas han visto tinieblas, desolación y terror donde otros sólo han vislumbrado luz y transfiguración. A partir de ahí, la autora examina las razones de estas diferencias intrínsecas y describe a quienes las produjeron. En un apasionante viaje a través del tiempo, Armstrong sugiere que cada idea concreta sobre Dios tiene que resultar útil para el pueblo que la crea, pues este tipo de ideas cambian cuando dejan de ser eficaces. El concepto de un Dios personal pudo adaptarse a la humanidad de una cierta época, pero cada vez resulta menos útil. Así, comprender las ideas que ha mantenido la humanidad sobre Dios en el pasado y su importancia y utilidad en nuestro tiempo es para la autora la máxima misión que nos impondrá el siglo XXI. Este libro demuestra que tal proceso es inevitable, pues la búsqueda de un símbolo para esta realidad inefable, percibida universalmente como la divinidad no es más que una manifestación natural de nuestra humanidad.
  Natt90 | Jul 22, 2022 |
Armstrong excels in the art of story telling. In this book, she weaves the threads of Jewish, Christian, and Islamic history into a coherent story.

I learned from this book that all three of these faiths influenced each other throughout their development, and all three have constantly changing ideas of God. Each tradition struggles with the idea of a single, ultimate God. Certain questions come up again and again, changing the way that God and the tenants of the faith are understood.

Is God universal or linked to a particular group? Is God only good or does he also encompass evil? Is God a subjective concept or an external reality? Each religious tradition has periodically struggled with these questions. As the world changed, new issues became important and the answers to those questions changed. Not surprisingly, this makes for a lot of information, but Armstrong handles it nicely.

This book is not completely without bias. She does not manipulate history to conform to her beliefs (well, as far as I know), but she does make it clear which positions she has greater sympathy for. Partially because of her deep knowledge of many different religious traditions, she tends to be sympathetic towards ideas which point to a universal, transcendent deity and less sympathetic towards ideas which encourage division and exclusivity.

I highly recommend this book for anyone interested in the history of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. ( )
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
'An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that wil give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers.'-The Washington Post Book World

Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions-Judaism, Christianity, and Islam-shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britian's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present.

the epic story begins with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism-a concept previously unknown in the world. Christianity and Islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionairy idea, but these religions refashioned 'the One God' to suit the social and political needs of their followers. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the modern age of skepticism, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monontheism into one superb readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic.

'A brilliantly lucid, splendid readable book. Armostong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying.'-The Sunday Tlimes (London)

'Absorbing...A lode of learning.'-Time

'The most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history-the quest for God. Karen Armstrong is a genius.'-A.N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A LIfe

Contents

Maps
Introduction
1 In the beginning...
2 One God
3 A light to the Gentiles
4 Trinity: the Christian God
5 Unity: The God of Islam
6 the God of the Philosophers
7 The God of the Mystics
8 A God for Reformers
9 Enlightenment
10 Does God have a future?
Glossary
Notes
Suggestions for further reading (bibliography)
Index
  AikiBib | May 29, 2022 |
نظراً لاستحالة أن تتسع 500 صفحة لتاريخ ثلاث حركات دينية كبيرة، فإن الكتاب مبسّط لدرجة مبالغ بها ومضلّل في مواضع كثيرة. ( )
  TonyDib | Jan 28, 2022 |
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"As soon as they became recognizably human, men and women--in their hunger to understand their own presence on earth and the mysteries within and around them--began to worship gods. Karen Armstrong's masterly and illuminating book explores the ways in which the idea and experience of God evolved among the monotheists--Jews, Christians and Muslims. Weaving a multicolored fabric of historical, philosophical, intellectual and social developments and insights, Armstrong shows how, at various times through the centuries, each of the monotheistic religions has held a subtly different concept of God. At the same time she draws our attention to the basic and profound similarities among them, making it clear that in all of them God has been and is experienced intensely, passionately and often--especially in the West--traumatically. Some monotheists have seen darkness, desolation and terror, where others have seen light and transfiguration; the reasons for these inherent differences are examined, and the people behind them are brought to life. We look first at the gradual move away from the pagan gods to the full-fledged monotheism of the Jews during the exile in Babylon. Next considered is the development of parallel, yet different, perceptions and beliefs among Christians and Muslims. The book then moves "generationally" through time to examine the God of the philosophers and mystics in all three traditions, the God of the Reformation, the God of the Enlightenment and finally the nineteenth- and twentieth-century challenges of skeptics and atheists, as well as the fiercely reductive faith of the fundamentalists of our own day. Armstrong suggests that any particular idea of God must--if it is to survive--work for the people who develop it, and that ideas of God change when they cease to be effective. She argues that the concept of a personal God who behaves like a larger version of ourselves was suited to mankind at a certain stage but no longer works for an increasing number of people." "Understanding the ever-changing ideas of God in the past and their relevance and usefulness in their time, she says, is a way to begin the search for a new concept for the twenty-first century. Her book shows that such a development is virtually inevitable, in spite of the despair of our increasingly "Godless" world, because it is a natural aspect of our humanity to seek a symbol for the ineffable reality that is universally perceived."--Publisher's description.

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