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The lost art of Scripture : rescuing the sacred texts

Author: Karen Armstrong
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2020. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Anchor Books editionView all editions and formats
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"Today the Quran is used by some to justify war and acts of terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The significance of Scripture--the holy texts at the centre of all religious traditions--may not be immediately obvious in our secular world but its misunderstanding is perhaps the root cause of most of today's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karen Armstrong
ISBN: 9780525431923 0525431926
OCLC Number: 1239952045
Description: 605 pages ; 21 cm
Contents: Part one. Cosmos and society --
Israel: remembering in order to belong --
India: sound and silence --
China: the primacy of ritual --
Part two. Mythos --
New story; new self --
Empathy --
Unknowing --
Canon --
Midrash --
Embodiment --
Recitation and intentio --
Ineffability --
Part three. Logos --
Sola scriptura --
Sola ratio --
Post-scripture.
Responsibility: Karen Armstrong.

Abstract:

"Today the Quran is used by some to justify war and acts of terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The significance of Scripture--the holy texts at the centre of all religious traditions--may not be immediately obvious in our secular world but its misunderstanding is perhaps the root cause of most of today's controversies over religion. In this timely and important book, one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs examines the meaning of Scripture. Today holy texts are not only used selectively to underwrite sometimes arbitrary and subjective views: they are seen to prescribe ethical norms and codes of behaviour that are divinely ordained--they are believed to contain eternal truths. But as Karen Armstrong shows in this fascinating trawl through millennia of religious history, this peculiar reading of Scripture is a relatively recent, modern phenomenon--and in many ways, a reaction to a hostile secular world. For most of their history, the world's religious traditions have regarded these texts as tools for the individual to connect with the divine, to transcend their physical existence, and to experience a higher level of consciousness that helped them to engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways. Scripture was not a 'truth' that had to be 'believed.' Armstrong argues that only if the world's religious faiths rediscover such an open and spiritual engagement with their holy texts can they curtail the arrogance, intolerance and violence that flows from a narrow reading of Scripture as truth."--

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