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  • Published: 30 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446468661
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

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 socitety'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.

  • Published: 30 June 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446468661
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 560

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. A passionate campaigner for religious liberty, Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and participated in the World Economic Forum. In 2013 she recieved the British Academy's inaugural Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for improving transcultural understanding.

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Praise for A History of God

Brilliantly lucid... She has written a splendidly readable book... Armstrong has dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to its fundamentals, without over-simplifying

Sunday Times

An invigorating, unpretentious, sympathetic history, of interest to believers curious about what they believe, and non-believers fascinated by belief, as non-believer ought to be. It is hard to imagine anybody who won't learn a good deal about world culture and present discontents from this book


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

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

Splendidly readable... The stage is set for the question: has God a future?

Sister Wendy Beckett, Sunday Times

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

Rabbi Julia Neuberger

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