The Lost Art of Scripture (Hardback)Karen Armstrong (author)
Hardback 480 Pages / Published: 06/06/2019
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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 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 her vast 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 material existence, and to experience a different level of consciousness that helped them to engage with the world in more meaningful and compassionate ways. At a time of intolerance and mutual incomprehension, The Lost Art of Scripture shines fresh light on the world's major religions to help us build bridges between faiths and rediscover a creative and spiritual engagement with holy texts.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 480
Dimensions: 240 x 156 mm
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