The Battle for God

The Battle for God

eBook - 2001
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Reveals how the fundamentalist movements in Christianity, Judaism, and Islam were born out of a dread of modernity.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2001
ISBN: 9780307798602
0307798607
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (521 pages)

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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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