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The great transformation : the beginning of our religious traditions

Author: Karen Armstrong
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Anchor Books, 2007, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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In the ninth century BCE, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have endured to the present day--the development of Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Armstrong, one of our most prominent religious scholars, examines how these traditions began in response to the violence  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Armstrong
ISBN: 9780385721240 0385721242
OCLC Number: 938139138
Description: xxiii, 565 p. : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Responsibility: Karen Armstrong.

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In the ninth century BCE, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have endured to the present day--the development of Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Armstrong, one of our most prominent religious scholars, examines how these traditions began in response to the violence of their time. Studying figures as diverse as the Buddha and Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah, Armstrong reveals how these still enduring philosophies can help address our contemporary problems.

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