The Battle for God

The Battle for God

Book - 2001 | 1st Ballantine books ed.
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Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, 2001.
Edition: 1st Ballantine books ed.
ISBN: 9780679435976
0679435972
9780345391698
0345391691
Branch Call Number: 200.9 ARMSTRO
Characteristics: xviii, 442, [7] pages ; 21 cm

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SeattleSaul
Jun 24, 2016

The author presents a tour of the history of the three major monotheistic religions over the past millenium and explains how each of them distilled themselves into their more fundamentalist, extremist elements. Her main thesis is the battle between a belief system (mythos) and a knowledge system (logos) for understanding the world and purpose of man and how each of the three faiths dealt with the challenges of science and the discovery of natural laws. Secondarily she posits that some kind of belief system combined with community and ritual are vital human needs.
The text is clearly written, without bias and with copious sourcing. This is a breath of clarity above the contemporary noise about the three faiths, and I highly recommend it.

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