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The Battle For God

Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Ballantine
 | 
January, 2001
ISBN:
9780345391698
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$22.00 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

From the author of A History of God comes this illuminating, acutely perceptive chronicle of the “fundamentalist” form of religion and the forces of modernism that have, paradoxically, brought it into existence. Focusing in detail on Protestant fundamentalism in the U.S., Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, and Muslim fundamentalism in Egypt (Sunni) and in Iran (Shii), Armstrong shows how these traditions differ and how they are similar. She makes clear how each of these embattled movements sprang from a total dread of modernity—and often in response to assault, sometimes intentional, sometimes unwitting, by the mainstream society.

She examines the Western embrace of rational discourse as the only means of arriving at truth, the fundamentalist responses, and the resulting cultural clashes. She sees the fundamentalist movements as innovative and modern, rather than as throwbacks to the past, but contends that they have failed in religious terms. Arguing that fundamentalism often exists in symbiotic relationship with an aggressive modernity, each urging the other on to greater excess, she suggests compassion as a way to defuse what is now an intensifying conflict.

“With her astonishing depth of knowledge and readily accessible writing style, [Armstrong] makes an ideal guide in traversing a subject that is by its very nature complex, sensitive, and frequently ambiguous.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Publisher’s Description: 

In our supposedly secular age governed by reason and technology, fundamentalism has emerged as an overwhelming force in every major world religion. Why? This is the fascinating, disturbing question that bestselling author Karen Armstrong addresses in her brilliant new book The Battle for God. Writing with the broad perspective and deep understanding of human spirituality that won huge audiences for A History of God, Armstrong illuminates the spread of militant piety as a phenomenon peculiar to our moment in history.

Contrary to popular belief, fundamentalism is not a throwback to some ancient form of religion but rather a response to the spiritual crisis of the modern world. As Armstrong argues, the collapse of a piety rooted in myth and cult during the Renaissance forced people of faith to grasp for new ways of being religious--and fundamentalism was born. Armstrong focuses here on three fundamentalist movements: Protestant fundamentalism in America, Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, and Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran--exploring how each has developed its own unique way of combating the assaults of modernity.

Blending history, sociology, and spirituality, The Battle for God is a compelling and compassionate study of a radical form of religious expression that is critically shaping the course of world history.Armstrong focuses here on three fundamentalist movements: Protestant fundamentalism in America, Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, and Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran - exploring how each has developed its own unique way of combating the assaults of modernity. Blending history, sociology, and spirituality, it's a compelling and compassionate study of a radical form of religious expression that is critically shaping the course of world history.

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