By Karen Armstrong

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In this stunningly clever booklet, Karen Armstrong, one in every of Britain's ultimate commentators on non secular affairs, lines the background of ways 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 background of monotheism into one fantastically readable quantity, destined to take its position as a vintage.

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Ideally, also, a Christian should be a bold giver of money or other resources to others, on the Faith theory that gifts will return tenfold or hundredfold to the giver. Testimonies from revival meetings and reports from missionaries talk of how thousands of people are being saved in Sweden and abroad. Although, admittedly, brains are not perceived as being “washed,” these believers do talk of minds, souls, and spirits being “renewed” by the acceptance of Jesus as Lord? ”6 Conversion as an event and as a practice is regularly articulated by Word of Lifers: through the prayer formulae suggested to nonbelievers that can be deployed as easy-to-use recipes for self-con~ersion;~ through altar calls at the ends of services; through radio and television programs, audiocassettes, videos, and websites that apparently reach out to the unsaved; and through numerous accounts of conversions located in personal testimonies, missionary reports, and so on.

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