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The Lost Art of Scripture

The Lost Art of Scripture (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Armstrong, Karen

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But as Karen Armstrong shows in this fascinating trawl through millennia of religious history, this peculiar reading of scripture is a relatively recent, modern phenomenon - and in many ways a reaction to a hostile secular world.

ISBN 9781847924322
Barcode 9781847924322
Published 18 June 2019 by Vintage
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ISBN-13 9781847924322
ISBN-10 1847924328
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Vintage
Imprint The Bodley Head Ltd
Publication Date 18 June 2019
International Publication Date 6 June 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Armstrong, Karen
Category Practical & Applied Ethics
Religion: General
Comparative Religion
Religious Intolerance, Persecution & Conflict
Non-Christian Sacred Texts
Religious Experience
Number of Pages 560
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Spine: 30mm
Weight 820g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Hermeneutics - Religious aspects, Religions
NBS Text Religion: Comparative, General & Reference
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 200.1
Catalogue Code 986241

Description of this Book

Today the Quran is used by some to justify war and acts of terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception. The significance of Scripture - the holy texts at the centre of all religious traditions - may not be immediately obvious in our secular world but its misunderstanding is perhaps the root cause of most of today's controversies over religion. In this timely and important book, one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs examines the meaning of Scripture. Today holy texts are not only used selectively to underwrite sometimes arbitrary and subjective views: they are seen to prescribe ethical norms and codes of behaviour that are divinely ordained - they are believed to contain eternal truths. But as Karen Armstrong shows in this fascinating trawl through millennia of religious history, this peculiar reading of scripture is a relatively recent, modern phenomenon - and in many ways a reaction to a hostile secular world. For most of their history the world's religious traditions have regarded these texts as tools for the individual to connect with the divine, to transcend their physical existence, and to experience a higher level of consciousness that helped them to engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways. Scripture was not a `truth' that had to be `believed'. Armstrong argues that only if the world's religious faiths rediscover such an open and spiritual engagement with their holy texts can they curtail the arrogance, intolerance and violence that flows from a narrow reading of Scripture as truth.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review One of our best living writers on religion * Financial Times *
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 2 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

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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