The idea of a single divine being – God, Yahweh, Allah – has existed for over 4,000 years. But the history of God is also the history of human struggle. While Judaism, Islam and Christianity proclaim the goodness of God, organised religion has too often been the catalyst for violence and ineradicable prejudice. In this fascinating, extensive and original account of the evolution of belief Karen Armstrong examines Western society’s unerring fidelity to this idea of One God and the many conflicting convictions it engenders. A controversial, extraordinary story of worship and war, A History of God confronts themost fundamental fact-or fiction – of our lives.
‘An invigorating, unpretentious, sympathetic history, of interest to believers curious about what they believe, and non-believers fascinated by belief, as non-believers ought to be’ –Observer
‘This is the most fascinating and learned survey of the biggest wild-goose chase in history – the quest for God. Karen Armstrong is a genius’ –A.N. Wilson
‘Witry, informative and contemplative: Ms Armstrong can simplify complex
ideas, bur she is never simplistic’ –New York Times Book Review
‘Armstrong shows a reverent curiosity and a generosity of spirit, refreshing the understanding of what one knows and providing a clear introduction
to the unfamiliarRt Revd Robert Runcie.’ –Daily Telegraph
Only those who think they know it all will fail to be fascinated by Armstrong’s search for God.’ –The Economic