The Lost Art of Scripture

Rescuing the Sacred Texts
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Product Number: Z100148334
Released: Nov 05, 2019
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781524750817
Narrator/s: Karen Armstrong
Publisher: Books on Tape
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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 may not be immediately obvious in our secular world, but its misunderstanding is perhaps the root cause of many of today's controversies. In this timely and important book, one of the most trusted and admired writers on the world of faith examines the meaning of Scripture. The sacred texts have been coopted by fundamentalists, who insist that they must be taken literally, and by others who interpret Scripture to bolster their own prejudices. These texts are seen to prescribe ethical norms and codes of behavior that are divinely ordained: they are believed to contain eternal truths. But as Karen Armstrong shows in this chronicle of the development and significance of major religions, such a narrow, peculiar reading of Scripture is a relatively recent, modern phenomenon. For most of their history, the world's religious traditions have regarded these texts as tools that enable the individual to connect with the divine, to experience a different level of consciousness, and to help them engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways. At a time of intolerance and mutual incomprehension, The Lost Art of Scripture shines fresh light on the world's major religions to help us build bridges between faiths and rediscover a creative and spiritual engagement with holy texts.

Author(s): Karen Armstrong
Genre: Religion
Original Publish Date: Nov 05, 2019

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Author(s): Karen Armstrong
Genre: Religion
Product Number EB00753689
Released: Nov 05, 2019
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: #9780451494870

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