A History of God
In its first illustrated edition, Armstrong's acclaimed account even-handedly traces the troubled history of the three major monotheistic religions.
No single idea has played a more definitive role in the development of modern civilisation than that of god. However, with the growth of secularism over the centuries, beliefs in the divine are often approached in a reductive manner, lone icebergs in an ever-expanding and hostile ocean. Karen Armstrong’s brilliant history traces the formation of these complex structures through the three major monotheistic religions over 4,000 years. In accessible and marvellously informed prose, Armstrong uncovers the troubled history of an idea that has both divided and inspired us, and underpins both our ethics of compassion and four millennia of conflict.