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Battle for God, The - A History of Fundamentalism (2001)
Front Cover Book Details
Karen Armstrong
Genre Religion
Subject Religious fundamentalism
Publication Date 1/30/2001
Format Paperback (209 x 141 mm)
Publisher Ballantine Books
Language e
In our supposedly secular age governed by reason and technology, fundamentalism has emerged as an overwhelming force in every major world religion. Why? This is the fascinating, disturbing question that bestselling author Karen Armstrong addresses in her brilliant new book The Battle for God. Writing with the broad perspective and deep understanding of human spirituality that won huge audiences for A History of God, Armstrong illuminates the spread of militant piety as a phenomenon peculiar to our moment in history.

Contrary to popular belief, fundamentalism is not a throwback to some ancient form of religion but rather a response to the spiritual crisis of the modern world. As Armstrong argues, the collapse of a piety rooted in myth and cult during the Renaissance forced people of faith to grasp for new ways of being religious--and fundamentalism was born. Armstrong focuses here on three fundamentalist movements: Protestant fundamentalism in America, Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, and Islamic fundamentalism in Egypt and Iran--exploring how each has developed its own unique way of combating the assaults of modernity.

Blending history, sociology, and spirituality, The Battle for God is a compelling and compassionate study of a radical form of religious expression that is critically shaping the course of world history.
Personal Details
Collection Status In Collection
Condition Near Mint
Index 1
Owner Ridge
Rating 5
Read It Yes
Links Amazon US
Loan Status Available
Overdue No
Product Details
LoC Classification BL238.A76 2001
Dewey 200/.9
ISBN 0345391691
Edition 1st Ballantine Books ed.
Cover Price $15.95
Nr of Pages 480
First Edition No
Rare No
Includes at end: The battle for God : a reader's guide / Karen Armstrong.