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The battle for God

Author: Karen Armstrong
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish." "We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning to create an entirely new kind of civilization, which brought in its wake change in every aspect of life - often painful and violent, even if liberating. Armstrong argues that one of the things that changed most was religion.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Armstrong
ISBN: 0679435972 9780679435976 0345391691 9780345391698
OCLC Number: 41606262
Description: xvi, 442 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: The old world and the new --
Jews : the precursors (1492-1700) --
Muslims : the conservative spirit (1492-1799) --
Christians : brave new world (1492-1870) --
Jews and Muslims modernize (1700-1870) --
Fundamentalism --
Battle lines (1870-1900) --
Fundamentals (1900-25) --
Counterculture (1925-60) --
Mobilization (1960-74) --
The offensive (1974-79) --
Defeat? (1979-99).
Responsibility: Karen Armstrong.
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"In The Battle for God, Karen Armstrong shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish." "We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning to create an entirely new kind of civilization, which brought in its wake change in every aspect of life - often painful and violent, even if liberating. Armstrong argues that one of the things that changed most was religion. People could no longer think about or experience the divine in the same why; they had to develop new forms of faith to fit their new circumstances." "Armstrong characterizes fundamentalism as one of these new ways of being religious that have emerged in every major faith tradition. She examines the ways in which these movements, while not monolithic, have each sprung from a dread of modernityoften in response to assault (sometimes unwitting, sometimes intentional) by the mainstream society." "Armstrong sees fundamentalist groups as complex, innovative, and modern - rather than as throwbacks to the past - but contends that they have failed in religious terms. Maintaining that fundamentalism often exists in symbiotic relationship with an aggressive modernity, each impelling the other on to greater excess, she suggests compassion as a way to defuse what is now an intensifying conflict."--Jacket.

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