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By Karen Armstrong

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In this stunningly clever publication, Karen Armstrong, one in every of Britain's most desirable commentators on non secular affairs, lines the heritage of the way women and men have perceived and skilled God, from the time of Abraham to the current. From classical philsophy and medieval mysticism to the Reformation, the Enlightenment, and the trendy age of skepticism, Karen Armstrong plays the close to miracle of distilling the highbrow heritage of monotheism into one beautifully readable quantity, destined to take its position as a classic.

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The story. language. the Word again ... that which is permanently true. But let me continue. Another woman was caught in adultery and brought to me. Her accusers wanted to set a trap for me, asserting that the law of Moses said she should be stoned. Strange that the one who committed adultery with her was not there. Priya: Can I ever identify with that! That's the way our hearts cheat. Then, after we have hurt others, we run. Jesus: That's it, Priya! The heart is desperately wicked. Who can understand it?

Jesus: Listen to his own words, War. He respected the Brahman priests, but he believed they were wrong. One cannot sacrifice truth at the altar of respect. To be sure, truth doesn't eliminate respect. But respect should not be an end in itself. And as you well know, truth is no respecter of persons. That's why I said to the keepers of the Law, "You have heard it said... " Respect for the right of another to be wrong does not mean that the wrong is right. Buddha: The thought is deep ... and troublesome.

And even death? Jesus: Yes, I have. A thousand years before that moment, one of the psalmists of Israel spoke of it. Out of the depths of pain he cried: The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. " How can I repay the LORD for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD. I offer my cup for yours, Priya. At the Cross I drank your cup. Now I give you a fresh cup of eternal life. You can drink from it. This is your chance, Priya.

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