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  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099524038
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $29.99

The Case for God

What religion really means

An essential book for our times: Karen Armstrong answers bestselling atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens and argues that faith still has a fundamental role in the modern world.

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The enormous popularity of books by Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens, Sam Harris and others shows that despite the religious revival that is under way in many parts of the world, there is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth. For the first time in history, a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God. In the past people went to great lengths to experience a sacred reality that they called God, Brahman, Nirvana or Dao; indeed religion could be said to be the distinguishing characteristic of homo sapiens. But now militant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of Christian missionaries in the age of faith and find an eager audience. What has happened?

* Karen Armstrong argues that historically atheism has rarely been a denial of the sacred itself but has nearly always rejected a particular conception of God. During the modern period, the Christians of the West developed a theology that was radically different from that of the

  • Published: 1 September 2010
  • ISBN: 9780099524038
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384
  • RRP: $29.99

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. 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 The Case for God

One of our best living writers on religion....prodigiously sourced, passionately written

Financial Times

A journey through religion that helps us to rescue what remains wise from so much that to many in Britain today no longer seems true.... Armstrong is one of the the handful of wise and supremely intelligent commentators on religion

Alain de Botton, The Observer

A tour de force of learning. A hefty history of theology, philosophy and science, and how they converge, it knocks Dawkins and Hitchens into an intellectual cocked hat...Armstrong rejoices in the unknowableness of life and searches, logically enough for meaning therein

Sunday Herald

Forget Richard Dawkins - just read it with an open mind

Jeanette Winterson

It isn't an easy read - why should it be? - but she is wonderfully clear and insightful - and not out to convert anyone

Daily Mail

Impressive...great eloquence


This is a stunned appreciation of an 'otherness' beyond the reach of language, and for Armstrong, constitutes the heart of every religion

New Statesmen

This is smart work


Armstrong makes a wise and passionate case for a God of myth rather than reason, of wisdom rather than knowledge

Steven Cave, Financial Times, Politics & religion books of the year

Armstrong's God is far from the pop icon of the Evangelicals and closer to the "unseen power" of Shelley.


Learned and passionately argued


Armstrong is excellent as a historian and explicator of religions.

Colin Waters, Sunday Herald

Cogent and lucid historically based reply to Dawkins and Hitchens'. 'As she reminds us with this excellent study, religion was the first philosophical system.

Lesley McDowell, Herald

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