Karen Armstrong

1 A History of God

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books  Christianity 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  1993-09-28
Description :  Why does God exist? How have the three dominant monotheistic religions—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—shaped and altered the conception of God? How have these religions influenced each other? In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on religious affairs, traces the history of how men and women have perceived and experienced God, from the time of Abraham to the present.&#xa0;<br /><br />The epic story begins with the Jews' gradual transformation of pagan idol worship in Babylon into true monotheism—a concept previously unknown in the world. Christianity and Islam both rose on the foundation of this revolutionary idea, but these religions refashioned 'the One God' to suit the social and political needs of their followers. From classical philosophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, Karen Armstrong performs the near miracle of distilling the intellectual history of monotheism into one superbly readable volume, destined to take its place as a classic.<br /><br /><b>Praise for <i>History of God<br /><br /></i></b>“An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers.”<b>—The Washington Post Book World</b><br /><br />“A brilliantly lucid, spendidly readable book. [Karen] Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying.”<b>—<i>The Sunday Times</i>&#xa0;(London)</b><br /><br />“Absorbing . . . A lode of learning.”<b>—<i>Time</i></b><br /><br />“The most fascinating and learned study of the biggest wild goose chase in history—the quest for God. Karen Armstrong is a genius.”<b>—A.N. Wilson, author of <i>Jesus: A Life</i></b>

2 The Bible

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2008-11-18
Description :  As the single work at the heart of Christianity, the world’s largest organized religion, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world. It is also the world’s most widely distributed book and its best-selling, with an estimated six billion copies sold in the last two hundred years. But the Bible is a complex work with a complicated and obscure history. Its contents have changed over the centuries, it has been transformed by translation and, through interpretation, has developed manifold meanings to various religions, denominations, and sects.<br /><br />In this seminal account, acclaimed historian Karen Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, life, and afterlife of history’s most powerful book. Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected into one work, and how it became accepted as Christianity’s sacred text, and how its interpretation changed over time. Armstrong’s history of the Bible is a brilliant, captivating book, crucial in an age of declining faith and rising fundamentalism.

3 Islam

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Middle East  Books  History  Religion & Spirituality  Islam 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2000-08-22
Description :  No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular Western imagination as an extreme faith that promotes authoritarian government, female oppression, civil war, and terrorism. Karen Armstrong's short history offers a vital corrective to this narrow view. The distillation of years of thinking and writing about Islam, it demonstrates that the world's fastest-growing faith is a much richer and more complex phenomenon than its modern fundamentalist strain might suggest.<br /><br /><i>Islam: A Short History</i> begins with the flight of Muhammad and his family from Medina in the seventh century and the subsequent founding of the first mosques. It recounts the origins of the split between Shii and Sunni Muslims, and the emergence of Sufi mysticism; the spread of Islam throughout North Africa, the Levant, and Asia; the shattering effect on the Muslim world of the Crusades; the flowering of imperial Islam in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries into the world's greatest and most sophisticated power; and the origins and impact of revolutionary Islam. It concludes with an assessment of Islam today and its challenges.<br /><br />With this brilliant book, Karen Armstrong issues a forceful challenge to those who hold the view that the West and Islam are civilizations set on a collision course. It is also a model of authority, elegance, and economy.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

4 Jerusalem

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  1996-05-07
Description :  BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Armstrong's <i>Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.</i><br /><br />Venerated for millennia by three faiths, torn by irreconcilable conflict, conquered, rebuilt, and mourned for again and again, Jerusalem is a sacred city whose very sacredness has engendered terrible tragedy. In this fascinating volume, Karen Armstrong, author of the highly praised A History of God, traces the history of how Jews, Christians, and Muslims have all laid claim to Jerusalem as their holy place, and how three radically different concepts of holiness have shaped and scarred the city for thousands of years.<br /><br />Armstrong unfolds a complex story of spiritual upheaval and political transformation--from King David's capital to an administrative outpost of the Roman Empire, from the cosmopolitan city sanctified by Christ to the spiritual center conquered and glorified by Muslims, from the gleaming prize of European Crusaders to the bullet-ridden symbol of the present-day Arab-Israeli conflict.&#xa0;<br /><br />Written with grace and clarity, the product of years of meticulous research, <i>Jerusalem</i> combines the pageant of history with the profundity of searching spiritual analysis. Like Karen Armstrong's <i>A History of God, Jerusalem</i> is a book for the ages.

5 The Case for God

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books  Nonfiction  Social Science  Philosophy 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2009-09-22
Description :  A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.<br />&#xa0;<br />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?<br /><br />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.&#xa0; 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 <i>logos.</i> 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.”<br /><br /><i>From the Trade Paperback edition.</i>

6 Muhammad

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  History  Middle East  Religion & Spirituality  Islam 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2013-08-13
Description :  The Man Who Inspired the World's Fastest-Growing Religion <br /><br />Muhammad presents a fascinating portrait of the founder of a religion that continues to change the course of world history. Muhammad's story is more relevant than ever because it offers crucial insight into the true origins of an increasingly radicalized Islam. Countering those who dismiss Islam as fanatical and violent, Armstrong offers a clear, accessible, and balanced portrait of the central figure of one of the world's great religions.

7 Fields of Blood

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  History  Books  Religion & Spirituality 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2014-10-28
Description :  From the renowned and best-selling author of <i>A History of God</i>, a sweeping exploration of religion and the history of human violence.<br /><br /> For the first time, religious self-identification is on the decline in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness—something bad for society. But how accurate is that view? With deep learning and sympathetic understanding, Karen Armstrong sets out to discover the truth about religion and violence in each of the world’s great traditions, taking us on an astonishing journey from prehistoric times to the present. <br /><br />While many historians have looked at violence in connection with particular religious manifestations (jihad in Islam or Christianity’s Crusades), Armstrong looks at each faith—not only Christianity and Islam, but also Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism—in its totality over time. As she describes, each arose in an agrarian society with plenty powerful landowners brutalizing peasants while also warring among themselves over land, then the only real source of wealth. In this world, religion was not the discrete and personal matter it would become for us but rather something that permeated all aspects of society. And so it was that agrarian aggression, and the warrior ethos it begot, became bound up with observances of the sacred.<br /><br />In each tradition, however, a counterbalance to the warrior code also developed. Around sages, prophets, and mystics there grew up communities protesting the injustice and bloodshed endemic to agrarian society, the violence to which religion had become heir. And so by the time the great confessional faiths came of age, all understood themselves as ultimately devoted to peace, equality, and reconciliation, whatever the acts of violence perpetrated in their name.<br /><br />Industrialization and modernity have ushered in an epoch of spectacular and unexampled violence, although, as Armstrong explains, relatively little of it can be ascribed directly to religion. Nevertheless, she shows us how and in what measure religions, in their relative maturity, came to absorb modern belligerence—and what hope there might be for peace among believers of different creeds in our time.<br /><br />At a moment of rising geopolitical chaos, the imperative of mutual understanding between nations and faith communities has never been more urgent, the dangers of action based on misunderstanding never greater. Informed by Armstrong’s sweeping erudition and personal commitment to the promotion of compassion, <i>Fields of Blood</i> makes vividly clear that religion is not the problem.

8 In the Beginning

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books  Bible Studies 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  1996-09-17
Description :  BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Armstrong's <i>Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.</i><br /><br />In this fascinating book by the author of A History of God and Jerusalem, one of the best-known and least-understood books of the Bible is clarified for modern readers. Armstrong shows readers how the ancient tales of the Creation, the Fall, Cain and Abel, Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph illuminate our most profound and impenetrable problems.

9 Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2010-12-28
Description :  One of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world—author of such acclaimed books as <i>A History of God, Islam, </i>and <i>Buddha</i>—now gives us an impassioned and practical book that can help us make the world a more compassionate place.<br /><br />Karen Armstrong believes that while compassion is intrinsic in all human beings, each of us needs to work diligently to cultivate and expand our capacity for compassion. Here, in this straightforward, thoughtful, and thought-provoking book, she sets out a program that can lead us toward a more compassionate life.<br /><br />The twelve steps Armstrong suggests begin with “Learn About Compassion” and close with “Love Your Enemies.” In between, she takes up “compassion for yourself,” mindfulness, suffering, sympathetic joy, the limits of our knowledge of others, and “concern for everybody.” She suggests concrete ways of enhancing our compassion and putting it into action in our everyday lives, and provides, as well, a reading list to encourage us to “hear one another’s narratives.” Throughout, Armstrong makes clear that a compassionate life is not a matter of only heart or mind but a deliberate and often life-altering commingling of the two.<br /><br /><i>From the Hardcover edition.</i>

10 The Battle for God

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2000-03-07
Description :  BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Karen Armstrong's <i>Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life.</i><br /><br />In the late twentieth century, fundamentalism has emerged as one of the most powerful forces at work in the world, contesting the dominance of modern secular values and threatening peace and harmony around the globe. Yet it remains incomprehensible to a large number of people. In <b>The Battle for God</b>, Karen Armstrong brilliantly and sympathetically shows us how and why fundamentalist groups came into existence and what they yearn to accomplish.<br /><br />We see the West in the sixteenth century beginning to create an entirely new kind of civilization, which brought in its wake change in every aspect of life -- often painful and violent, even if liberating. Armstrong argues that one of the things that changed most was religion. People could no longer think about or experience the divine in the same way; they had to develop new forms of faith to fit their new circumstances. <br /><br />Armstrong characterizes fundamentalism as one of these new ways of being religious that have emerged in every major faith tradition. Focusing on Protestant fundamentalism in the United States, Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, and Muslim fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran, she examines the ways in which these movements, while not monolithic, have each sprung from a dread of modernity -- often in response to assault (sometimes unwitting, sometimes intentional) by the mainstream society.<br /><br />Armstrong sees fundamentalist groups as complex, innovative, and modern -- rather than as throwbacks to the past -- but contends that they have failed in religious terms. Maintaining that fundamentalism often exists in symbiotic relationship with an aggressive modernity, each impelling the other on to greater excess, she suggests compassion as a way to defuse what is now an intensifying conflict.

11 Una historia de Dios

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction  Religion & Spirituality  Christianity 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2016-11-22
Description :  Armstrong nos muestra cómo a lo largo de los siglos cada una de las religiones monoteístas ha abrazado un concepto ligeramente distinto de Dios. Al mismo tiempo, la autora aborda las semejanzas fundamentales y profundas entre ellas, demostrando que, en las tres, Dios ha sido y es experimentado de forma intensa, apasionada y a menudo traumática.

12 If We Could Fly

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Poetry  Books  Fiction & Literature 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2016-03-07
Description :  'The beautifully quirky title of Karen Armstrong’s first collection of poetry maps the final journey of a friend who is dying of cancer. These poems capture the warmth of unselfish love; of a relationship despite trying circumstances. A pact between two friends where one shares the burden vicariously as the other faces debilitating illness and inevitable death.' -&#xa0;Peter F. Pike, Managing Editor, FreeXpresSion&#xa0;<br /><br />'With unpretentious simplicity and directness, Karen Armstrong conveys the tangled emotions – defiance, confusion, anger, black humour and acquiescence – experienced by two friends confronting one’s imminent death. These poems, unified by images of feathers and flight, convey the fragility and lightness of being mortal. They build slowly, without sentimentality, through past memories and present moments towards the inexorable moment of parting when the future must be faced alone. These poems will strike a chord with anyone who has tackled the stony stages of loss.' -&#xa0;Janet Upcher&#xa0;<br /><br />'This collection of poetry will move you and linger in you long after the vigil is over. It will bring you out from the little black box we keep ourselves tucked into. Armstrong presents the harrowing circumstances as they are with acute sensitivity. The poems are quietly terrifying as they draw us to the bright light of death. They are a potent mix of sorrow and need, an ongoing state of mourning for the poet’s friend. This is a book necessary for life. Enjoy this book. It insists.' -&#xa0;Karen Knight&#xa0;

13 The Spiral Staircase

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Religion & Spirituality 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2004-03-02
Description :  Gripping, revelatory, and inspirational, <i>The Spiral Staircase </i>is an extraordinary account of an astonishing spiritual journey. In 1962, at age seventeen, Karen Armstrong entered a convent, eager to meet God. After seven brutally unhappy years as a nun, she left her order to pursue English literature at Oxford. But convent life had profoundly altered her, and coping with the outside world and her expiring faith proved to be excruciating. Her deep solitude and a terrifying illness–diagnosed only years later as epilepsy—marked her forever as an outsider. In her own mind she was a complete failure: as a nun, as an academic, and as a normal woman capable of intimacy. Her future seemed very much in question until she stumbled into comparative theology. What she found, in learning, thinking, and writing about other religions, was the ecstasy and transcendence she had never felt as a nun.

14 Doce pasos hacia una vida compasiva

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction  Religion & Spirituality 
Price :  $6.99
Release Date :  2011-09-08
Description :  <b>En esta obra Karen Armstrong abandona los debates sobre las doctrinas y la historia y nos ofrece un libro práctico y apasionado cuyo objetivo es ayudarnos a hacer del mundo un lugar más compasivo, explicándonos el benéfico papel de la compasión en la sociedad actual.</b><br /><br />La autora cree firmemente que la compasión es una característica de todos los seres humanos y que es preciso que nos esforcemos en cultivar y poner en práctica nuestra capacidad de compadecernos en las situaciones difíciles que experimentan quienes nos rodean.<br /><br />En este libro <b>Armstrong</b> nos hace reflexionar sobre todo ello y nos propone un programa que nos conduce a una vida más compasiva.<br /><br />Los doce pasos que Armstrong sugiere empiezan con “Aprendamos sobre la compasión” y se cierran con “Ama a tus enemigos”. Entre ambos capítulos, nos habla de la compasión hacia nosotros mismos; de la práctica del&#xa0; <i>mindfulness</i>; del sufrimiento; de las alegrías compartidas y también de los límites de nuestro conocimiento de los demás.<br /><br />A lo largo del texto, propone&#xa0;formas concretas de poner en práctica la compasión en nuestras vidas cotidianas, y nos insta a que aprendamos a ponernos en el lugar de los demás.<br /><br />El libro recoge también la <i>Carta de la Compasión</i> que ha sido firmada por destacadas personalidades de diversas religiones.

15 El Islam

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  History  Books 
Price :  $3.99
Release Date :  2014-03-14
Description :  <b>PREMIO PRINCESA DE ASTURIAS DE CIENCIAS SOCIALES 2017.</b><br /> <br /><b>Un libro en el que se confrontan los estereotipos y se demuestra que lo que llamamos "Islam" es un fenómeno mucho más rico y complejo de lo que su moderna facción fundamentalista sugiere.</b><br /><br />El islam es, probablemente, la religión más incomprendida y malinterpretada de la modernidad. Una curiosa ignorancia prevalece en Occidente desde las cruzadas, cuando empezó a cultivarse una visión distorsionada del Islam como una religión violenta e intolerante. Sin embargo, los imperios islámicos llegaron a ser los más grandes y mejor situados de la tierra hasta que fueron reemplazados por las naciones europeas en el siglo XIX.<br /><br />Karen Armstrong explica los acontecimientos centrales en la historia de esta religión -la división entre musulmanes chiítas y sunnitas, la aparición del misticismo sufí, la expansión por Asia y el Mediterráneo, el efecto devastador de las cruzadas, el florecimiento del Islam imperial en los siglos XIV y XV, los orígenes y consecuencias del Islam revolucionario- y analiza los retos que afronta hoy en día esta fe milenaria.

16 Coming Back to Life

Author : Chris Armstrong & Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Christianity  Books  Religion & Spirituality  Biographies & Memoirs 
Price :  $7.99
Release Date :  2012-12-19
Description :  His journey is rather remarkable and ongoing. The story contains details that will be recognized by all of those who have had long term therapy for any brain injury. But as in any human achievement, familiar ingredients emerge as part of the formula. Chris had the support of family and a relentless desire to improve.&#xa0;<br /><br /> Chris does not pretend to be a man of letters, and openly shares his pre-accident shortcomings. But to all who read his tale, told also from his mother’s perspective, you will see how it is not the ability to quote philosophy that gives us the capability to overcome. We need faith, family and forgiveness, timed to support us when we are low. We need the desire to be independent when we feel more powerful. We then freely choose, with full acknowledgement of our faults, to accept our fate and move on. This is the triumph of the human spirit.&#xa0;<br /><br /> I thank Chris and his mother for telling their story. A stronger faith in God and man awaits all readers.&#xa0;<br /><br /> Dr. James P. Farrell

17 A Short History of Myth

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Social Science  Books  Nonfiction 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2006-10-09
Description :  “Human beings have always been mythmakers.” So begins best-selling writer Karen Armstrong’s concise yet compelling investigation into myth: what it is, how it has evolved, and why we still so desperately need it. She takes us from the Paleolithic period and the myths of the hunters right up to the “Great Western Transformation” of the last five hundred years and the discrediting of myth by science. The history of myth is the history of humanity, our stories and beliefs, our curiosity and attempts to understand the world, which link us to our ancestors and each other. Heralding a major series of retellings of international myths by authors from around the world, Armstrong’s characteristically insightful and eloquent book serves as a brilliant and thought-provoking introduction to myth in the broadest sense—and explains why if we dismiss it, we do so at our peril.

18 Nuns and Soldiers

Author : Iris Murdoch & Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Classics  Books  Fiction & Literature  Literary 
Price :  $4.99
Release Date :  1981-01-07
Description :  Set in London and in the South of France, this brilliantly structured novel centers on two women: Gertrude Openshaw, bereft from the recent death of her husband, yet awakening to passion; and Anne Cavidge, who has returned in doubt from many years in a nunnery, only to encounter her personal Christ. A fascinating array of men and women hover in urgent orbit around them: the "Count," a lonely Pole obsessively reliving his &amp;eacutemigré father's patriotic anguish; Tim Reede, a seedy yet appealing artist, and Daisy, his mistress; the manipulative Mrs. Mount; and many other magically drawn characters moving between desire and obligation, guilt and joy. This edition of <b>Nuns and Soldiers</b> includes a new introduction by renowned religious historian Karen Armstrong.

19 A Time to Keep Silence

Author : Patrick Leigh Fermor & Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Specialty Travel  Books  Travel & Adventure  Biographies & Memoirs  Europe 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2007-10-30
Description :  While still a teenager, Patrick Leigh Fermor made his way across Europe, as recounted in his classic memoirs, <i>A Time of Gifts</i> and <i>Between the Woods and the Water</i>. During World War II, he fought with local partisans against the Nazi occupiers of Crete. But in <i>A Time to Keep Silence</i>, Leigh Fermor writes about a more inward journey, describing his several sojourns in some of Europe’s oldest and most venerable monasteries. He stays at the Abbey of St. Wandrille, a great repository of art and learning; at Solesmes, famous for its revival of Gregorian chant; and at the deeply ascetic Trappist monastery of La Grande Trappe, where monks take a vow of silence. Finally, he visits the rock monasteries of Cappadocia, hewn from the stony spires of a moonlike landscape, where he seeks some trace of the life of the earliest Christian anchorites.<br /><br />More than a history or travel journal, however, this beautiful short book is a meditation on the meaning of silence and solitude for modern life. Leigh Fermor writes, “In the seclusion of a cell—an existence whose quietness is only varied by the silent meals, the solemnity of ritual, and long solitary walks in the woods—the troubled waters of the mind grow still and clear, and much that is hidden away and all that clouds it floats to the surface and can be skimmed away; and after a time one reaches a state of peace that is unthought of in the ordinary world.”

20 The Great Transformation

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books  History  World 
Price :  $14.99
Release Date :  2006-03-28
Description :  From Karen Armstrong, the bestselling author of <i>A History of God</i> and <i>The Spiral Staircase</i>, comes this extraordinary investigation of a critical moment in the evolution of religious thought.<br />&#xa0;&#xa0;&#xa0; &#xa0;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—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.

21 Buda

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Biographies & Memoirs  Books  Religion & Spirituality  Buddhism 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2017-09-21
Description :  <b>La experta en historia de las religiones y Premio Princesa de Asturias de Ciencias Sociales Karen Armstrong, construye en <i>Buda</i> un retrato profundo y original sobre un icono religioso y, al mismo tiempo, sobre un ser humano.</b><br /><br />Dueña de una prosa lúcida y rigurosa, Karen Armstrong sigue el recorrido del Buda nacido como Siddharta Gautama, desde la renuncia de su vida privilegiada y de su familia, hasta el descubrimiento de una verdad que creyó que transformaría al ser humano, incapaz de vivir en paz en medio de una existencia llena de sufrimientos.<br /><br /><b>Reseñas:</b><br />«Karen Armstrong sobresale por la profundidad de sus análisis históricos, por su inmensa labor bibliográfica e investigadora, así como por su compromiso activo con la difusión de un mensaje ético de compasión, paz y solidaridad.»<br /><i>Acta del jurado del Premio Princesa de Asturias</i>

22 San Pablo

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books 
Price :  $5.99
Release Date :  2016-09-26
Description :  San Pablo (Saúl de Tarso) es uno de los personajes más controvertidos del cristianismo y ha sido el gran apóstol de la religión, escribiendo 14 de los 27 libros del Nuevo Testamento. Además ha difundido las enseñanzas cristianas con tanto éxito que logró convertir a una oscura secta minoritaria en la más grande religión de la civilización occidental.Muchos de sus escritos, analizados desde la modernidad, dan lugar a que San Pablo sea uno de los apóstoles más cuestionados por gente de toda ideología, acusándolo de misógino, esclavista y totalitario entre otras cosas. Ahora la autora intenta situar al personaje histórico en su debido contexto para poder ver con ecuanimidad su contribución a la historia.

23 Campos de sangre

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books 
Price :  $9.99
Release Date :  2015-04-14
Description :  <i>Campos de sangre</i> es una impecable investigación y una celebración apasionadamente argumentada de las ideas y los movimientos religiosos que se han opuesto a la guerra y han fomentado la igualdad, la paz y la reconciliación. En esta obra la autora pretende corregir la generalizada condena de la fe como algo violento.

24 Historia de Jerusalén

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Christianity  Books  Religion & Spirituality  Nonfiction  Social Science 
Price :  $12.99
Release Date :  2017-10-03
Description :  <i>Historia de Jerusalén</i> describe la historia física y el significado espiritual de la ciudad desde sus orígenes en el tercer milenio antes de Cristo hasta su violento y políticamente agitado presente, y examina su arqueología y su topografía continuamente cambiante.

25 Historia de la Biblia

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Bible Studies  Books  Religion & Spirituality 
Price :  $8.99
Release Date :  2016-03-10
Description :  <b>PREMIO PRINCESA DE ASTURIAS DE CIENCIAS SOCIALES 2017.</b><br /><br /><b>La historia del libro más importante de todos los tiempos contada por Karen Armstrong, la mayor experta en religiones del mundo.</b><br /><br />La Biblia es el libro más famoso del mundo. Traducido a más de dos mil idiomas, se calcula que ha vendido más de seis mil millones de ejemplares solo en los últimos dos siglos. En esta excepcional crónica, Karen Armstrong sigue la creación de la Biblia para revelar un texto complejo y contradictorio, escrito por docenas de personas a lo largo de cientos de años.<br /><br />Armstrong comienza su análisis por los libros más antiguos de la Biblia hebrea, en los que Dios aparecía indistintamente como «Yahvé» y «Elohim», para seguir con el desarrollo del Antiguo y del Nuevo Testamento y sacar a relucir las distintas influencias que contribuyeron a dar forma a estos textos sagrados. Desde la práctica judía de la Midrás y el culto cristiano de Jesús hasta la influencia de las epístolas de san Pablo en la Reforma protestante y la manipulación del imaginario del Apocalipsis por el fundamentalismo cristiano, Armstrong explora el contexto en que estos sesenta y seis libros han sido interpretados y explica las necesidades sociales que buscaban satisfacer. El resultado revela una obra paradójica y desconocida, y cambiará para siempre nuestra visión de la Biblia.<br /><br /><b>La crítica ha dicho...</b><br />«Una excelente historia, amena y fascinante.»<br />Julie Wheelwright, <i>Independent</i>

26 Compassion

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Self-Improvement  Books  Health, Mind & Body 
Price :  $10.99
Release Date :  2013-04-18
Description :  Pour Karen Armstrong, la compassion, règle d’or pourtant partagée par toutes les religions, reste le vrai défi de notre époque. Dans un monde de plus en plus inégalitaire et intolérant, il semble urgent de redéfinir notre rapport à l’autre et à la différence. <br /> Puisant dans le meilleur des traditions du monde entier, l’historienne des religions livre un programme ambitieux pour transcender nos limites, remplacer le préjugé par la compréhension, les instincts grégaires par l’empathie et placer l’autre au centre de notre vie. Un mélange passionnant d’érudition et de conseils pratiques qui démontre que le respect d’autrui, cet idéal qui nous unit tous, est concrètement à notre portée. <br /><br /> Un manifeste choc, pour une véritable révolution de l’humain, des vies plus riches et un monde meilleur.

27 Med Gud på vår sida

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  History  Books 
Price :  $30.99
Release Date :  2016-03-03
Description :  : Karen Armstrong, en av vår tids största auktoriteter inom religionshistoria, sveper över hela den mänskliga historien i sökandet efter svaret på en brännande fråga: är religion orsaken till vår bloddränkta värld? Hennes svar blir ett övertygande nej: från sumerernas marktvister, via de kristna korstågen och 1600-talets europeiska slagfält, till våra dagars al-Qaida och IS ser hon i stället politiska härdar överallt, som ständigt använt religionen som bränsle. Det räcker, menar Armstrong, att se vad det sekulariserade 1900-talet förde med sig i form av världskrig, atombomb och folkmord för att se att religion knappast är upphovet till våra konflikter. Modigt, lärt och utmanande tecknar Armstrong ett porträtt av mänskligheten som kommer att få varje läsare att se på krigets förödande orsaker och verkningar på ett nytt sätt.

28 Pola krwi

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Fiction & Literature  Books 
Price :  $13.99
Release Date :  2016-12-28
Description :  Od Gilgamesza do bin Ladena – niebezpieczne związki religii i polityki.<br /><br />Coraz wyraźniejszy czynnik religijny we współczesnych konfliktach politycznych świadczy przeciwko tym, którzy jeszcze niedawno wieszczyli śmierć boga. Choć świat zachodni od czasów oświecenia hołduje idei świeckiego państwa, okazuje się, że rację miał Gandhi, twierdząc, iż nie wiedzą, co religia oznacza, ci, którzy mówią, że nie ma ona nic wspólnego z polityką.<br />Karen Armstrong w swej najnowszej książce ukazuje pięć tysięcy lat współistnienia religii i władzy, ich wspólne korzenie, wzajemny wpływ i niemożność oddzielenia działalności religijnej od politycznej nie tylko w przypadku Jezusa, Mahometa i Lutra, lecz także cesarza Konstantyna czy Krzysztofa Kolumba. Religia legitymizowała władcę i tak samo polityka nierzadko nadawała kształt teologii, co autorka obrazuje wymownymi przykładami z czasów herezji ariańskiej i podbojów kolonialnych. Armstrong nie ucieka od oceny współczesnych wydarzeń – w druzgoczący sposób krytykuje politykę amerykańską wobec Iraku i państw arabskich po 11 września, lecz jednocześnie przekonująco polemizuje z tymi, którzy w doktrynie islamu widzą główną przyczynę współczesnych aktów terroru. Napisane z pasją i erudycją studium historyczne jest głosem sprzeciwu wobec łatwych osądów współczesnej polityki (nie tylko wyznaniowej), a także kopalnią wiedzy dla tych, którzy pragną poznać lepiej źródła i wpływy religii świata.<br /><br />Wspaniała książka Karen Armstrong z pewnością oczyszcza umysł. A może nawet przyczyni się odrobinę do naprawy naszych serc. – „The Spectator”<br /><br />Karen Armstrong (ur. 1944 w Anglii) jest autorką wielu książek z dziedziny religioznawstwa i historii religii, takich jak znane polskiemu czytelnikowi Historia Boga, Spór o Boga czy właśnie Pola krwi. Po ukończeniu szkoły wstąpiła do klasztoru, lecz&#xa0; po siedmiu latach opuściła konwent jako osoba niewierząca. Studiowała literaturę w Oxfordzie i głośno krytykowała katolicyzm, jednak wkrótce na nowo odkryła religię, tym razem jako przedmiot badań naukowych. Zafascynowana religioznawstwem, szczególnie wyznaniami monoteistycznymi, jest obecnie uznawana za jeden z najwybitniejszych autorytetów w tej dziedzinie i ekspertkę ds. dialogu z islamem. Książki Karen Armstrong tłumaczone były na 45 języków, a niezwykły dar popularyzowania wiedzy przysporzył jej czytelników na całym świecie.

29 Im Namen Gottes

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Christianity  Books  Religion & Spirituality 
Price :  $17.99
Release Date :  2014-09-26
Description :  In ihrem neuen Buch &#34;Im Namen Gottes&#34; nimmt die Autorin erstmals die Geschichte und Gegenwart von Judentum, Christentum und Islam in Bezug auf religiöse Gewalt in den Blick. Karen Armstrong geht den Ursachen dieser Gewalt auf den Grund. Das Ergebnis ihrer Untersuchung: Jahrtausendelang waren Politik und Religion ineinander verwoben. Die Trennung von Politik und Religion in der Neuzeit konnte die Gewalt nicht eindämmen. Mit ihrer Analyse schafft Karen Armstrong die Grundlagen für das Verständnis der aktuellen internationalen Konflikte, die von politischen, wirtschaftlichen, kulturellen und religiösen Interessen beherrscht sind.<br/> <br/> &#34;Geistreich, informativ und nachdenklich: Karen Armstrong versteht es, komplexe Zusammenhänge einfach darzustellen, aber sie vereinfacht nicht.&#34; New York Times Book Review

30 Die Geschichte von Gott

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books 
Price :  $15.99
Release Date :  2012-10-01
Description :  Wer oder wie ist Gott? Die britische Religionswissenschaftlerin zeichnet die faszinierende Entwicklungsgeschichte der Gottes-Suche von den mythologischen Anfängen bis heute nach. Dabei kommt sie zu dem Ergebnis, dass die Menschen zu allen Zeiten das Bild von Gott nach ihren eigenen Bedürfnissen geformt haben. Das gilt für die drei monotheistischen Religionen – Judentum, Christentum und Islam –, aber auch für andere religiöse Vorstellungswelten.

31 Mahoma

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books  Islam 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-10-03
Description :  La figura de Mahoma (570-632) ha suscitado siempre inacabables controversias en el mundo occidental. Karen Armstrong comienza su libro con un documentado retrato de la situación en que se encontraban las tribus beduinas en la Arabia del siglo VI. En este ambiente, politeísta y desunido políticamente, Mahoma, vivió durante el mes de Ramadán de 610 una experiencia mística que cambió el curso de la historia: el comienzo de las revelaciones que pronto fructificarían en el Corán. <br /><br />La autora narra los inicios de la nueva religión, el islam, y las disputas teológicas y políticas que desgarraron la vida de numerosas familias de La Meca o de Medina. Mahoma se perfila en estas páginas como un hombre complejo, apasionado, frágil, dotado para la política y fiel a lo que entendía como una misión personal y trascendente.

32 Los orígenes del fundamentalismo en el judaísmo, el cristianismo y el islam

Author : Karen Armstrong
Genre :  Religion & Spirituality  Books 
Price :  $11.99
Release Date :  2017-10-03
Description :  El fundamentalismo es probablemente una de las manifestaciones religiosas más inquietantes de nuestro tiempo. Pero la oposición a los logros y valores de la modernidad, la interpretación literal de los dogmas de fe o el recurso a la violencia y a la intolerancia no son exclusivos de una sola religión o una sola época. Karen Armstrong, reconocida especialista en historia de la cultura y de las religiones, explora en este apasionante estudio las raíces y el desarrollo del fundamentalismo y los rasgos que adopta en el judaísmo, el cristianismo y el islam. <br /><br />Tras analizar las tensas relaciones entre los tres monoteísmos y el progreso, Armstrong muestra que el retorno a los «fundamentos originarios» que predican determinados sectores es una respuesta a los retos y angustias que nos imponen el racionalismo y la consideración de la ciencia como única vía para acceder a la verdad.



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