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The Resource The lost art of Scripture : rescuing the sacred texts, Karen Armstrong

The lost art of Scripture : rescuing the sacred texts, Karen Armstrong

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The lost art of Scripture : rescuing the sacred texts
Title
The lost art of Scripture
Title remainder
rescuing the sacred texts
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Karen Armstrong
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Rescuing the sacred texts
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eng
Summary
"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."--
Summary
A history of the holy texts from a number of the world's religions and how in our secular world they are at best seen as irrelevant and at worst as a reason to incite violence, hatred, and division.
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New York Times Notable Book, 2019
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10823992
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1944-
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Armstrong, Karen
Dewey number
208/.2
Index
index present
LC call number
BL71
LC item number
.A76 2019
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
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  • Sacred books
  • Religion and culture
  • Religions
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adult
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rescuing the sacred texts
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The lost art of Scripture : rescuing the sacred texts, Karen Armstrong
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"A Borzoi book."
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [511]-578) and index
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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Contents
Part one: Cosmos and society. Israel: remembering in order to belong -- India: sound and silence -- China: the primacy of ritual. Part two: Mythos. New story; new self -- Empathy -- Unknowing -- Canon -- Midrash -- Embodiment -- Recitation and intentio -- Ineffability. Part three: Logos. Sola scriptura -- Sola ratio. Post-scripture
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
605 pages
Isbn
9780345812346
Lccn
2019009391
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • on1103923895
  • (OCoLC)1103923895
Label
The lost art of Scripture : rescuing the sacred texts, Karen Armstrong
Publication
Copyright
Note
"A Borzoi book."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [511]-578) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Part one: Cosmos and society. Israel: remembering in order to belong -- India: sound and silence -- China: the primacy of ritual. Part two: Mythos. New story; new self -- Empathy -- Unknowing -- Canon -- Midrash -- Embodiment -- Recitation and intentio -- Ineffability. Part three: Logos. Sola scriptura -- Sola ratio. Post-scripture
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
605 pages
Isbn
9780345812346
Lccn
2019009391
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1103923895
  • (OCoLC)1103923895

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