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  • Published: 5 February 1999
  • ISBN: 9780099273677
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $34.99

A History Of God

The bestselling and seminal work from one of our foremost commentators on religion.

The idea of a single devine 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 the most fundamental fact - or fiction - of our lives.

  • Pub date: 5 February 1999
  • ISBN: 9780099273677
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 560
  • RRP: $34.99

About the Author

Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, but left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. She is a best-selling author of over 16 books. An accomplished writer and passionate campaigner for religious liberty, Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and the Senate and has participated in the World Economic Forum.

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Praise for A History Of God

“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

“A splendidly readable book...the stage is set for the question: has God a future?”

Sister Wendy Beckett, Sunday Times

“We are all watching a daily fight between the darkness and light. What we want, but may never get, is assurance that the light will prevail. Armstrong is too tough a thinker to offer us comfort there”

Anthony Burgess, Observer

“Armstrong shows a reverent curiosity and a generosity of spirit, refreshing the understanding of what one knows and providing a clear introduction to the unfamiliar”

Rt Revd Robert Runcie, Daily Telegraph

“Witty, informative and contemplative: Ms Armstrong can simplify complex ideas, but she is never simplistic”

New York Times Book Review

“Only those who think they know it all will fail to be fascinated by Armstrong's search for God”


“Highly readable, and ought to be read”

Anthony Burgess, Observer

“Armstrong's book has great merits. An ex-nun, this formidably intelligent woman knows enough about both Judaism and Islam to be appreciated by Jewish and Muslim scholars... Whenever she deals with Christian mysticims, agnosticism and heterodoxy, Armstrong offers valuable insights”

The Times

“An enormously intellectually challenging book. A fascinating way of approaching the subject”

Rabbi Julia Neuberger

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