The Case for God

eAudio - unabridged
Audio (16.83 hours)
Product Number: Z100010431
Released: Sep 22, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780307702401
Narrator/s: Karen Armstrong
Publisher: Books on Tape
Please log in to view pricing


Moving from the Paleolithic age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the great lengths to which humankind has gone in order to experience a sacred reality that it called by many names, such as God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. Focusing especially on Christianity but including Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, and Chinese spiritualities, Armstrong examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time, when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. Why has God become unbelievable? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors? Answering these questions with the same depth of knowledge and profound insight that have marked all her acclaimed books, Armstrong makes clear how the changing face of the world has necessarily changed the importance of religion at both the societal and the individual level. And she makes a powerful, convincing argument for drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age. Yet she cautions us that religion was never supposed to provide answers that lie within the competence of human reason; that, she says, is the role of logos. The task of religion is "to help us live creatively, peacefully, and even joyously with realities for which there are no easy explanations." She emphasizes, too, that religion will not work automatically. It is, she says, a practical discipline: its insights are derived not from abstract speculation but from "dedicated intellectual endeavor" and a "compassionate lifestyle that enables us to break out of the prism of selfhood." From the Hardcover edition.

Author(s): Karen Armstrong
Original Publish Date: Sep 22, 2009

All formats/editions

Author(s): Karen Armstrong
Product Number EB00148086
Released: Dec 27, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: #9780307272928

Professional reviews

"In a work somewhat more challenging then her previous works (such as THE BATTLE FOR GOD and A SHORT HISTORY OF MYTH), Armstrong takes on no less a topic than the world's religious history. She makes the case with meticulous detail that a good look at that history would help bring perspective to the radical views, both pro and con, that trouble our world today. Armstrong's polished and precise British voice seems quintessentially right--ringing with the gravitas of academia yet textured with her palpable curiosity about the many ways we've chosen to express belief in God. As always, Armstrong's genuine compassion for how all religions struggle with faith shines through. Ultimately hopeful, Armstrong' s well-reasoned plea for the practical discipline of religion makes this lengthy journey worthwhile. D.G. (c) AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine"

Sign up for our email newsletter