So much has been written about religion, but not everyone, even the most sophisticated reader, will be able to understand the sea (even the ocean!) Of literature about religion. In this collection you can find the most interesting (and most importantly – written in an accessible language) books about religion in the modern world or from the field of the history of religious teachings, institutions and characters. In these books, the most objective view is presented, devoid of biased opinions, religious sermons and other lyrics that cast doubt on the status of popular science literature.
In addition, this collection shows that scientific pop is not only about the natural sciences, but there are also humanitarian books that can adequately convey what is happening behind the scenes of the humanities, especially religious studies.
ISBN: 978-5-91671-632-0 Year of publication: 2016 Publisher: Alpina non-fiction Language: Russian.
Where does the urge to believe in higher powers come from? How do religious beliefs arise, and why does faith continue to play such an important role in the life of a person in the 21st century? The book by French anthropologist Pascal Boyer describes the phenomenon of religion from the standpoint of evolutionary psychology. The scientist finds the background of beliefs and religious rites in the principles of the work of human consciousness.
One by one, he refutes the widespread “theories” of the origin of religion – it arose to explain incomprehensible natural phenomena and personal experiences, it comforts, it provides social order – and reveals to the reader the amazing features of the structure of our mind.
Where does the urge to believe in higher powers come from? How do religious beliefs arise, and why does faith continue to play such an important role in the life of a person in the 21st century? Book…
ISBN: 9785916714883, 9781847921871 Year of publication: 2016 Publisher: Alpina non-fiction Language: Russian. rsim
Wars, terrorism, aggressive intolerance, social violence have accompanied humanity throughout history. Is religion to blame, which is increasingly being blamed for this? History from the Stone Age to the present day reveals a difficult picture. Religion built into the state apparatus already in early agricultural societies turns into an instrument of social suppression. Many crimes are committed in the name of religion; it was used to justify colonization and slavery, pogroms and terrorist attacks.
And at the same time, from century to century, faith softens morals and teaches us to see our neighbor not only in a consanguineous one. To religion, humanity owes it to becoming humanity without being stuck at the level of barbarism, where each tribe is surrounded by hostile tribes. This fascinating study of the history of religious wars and the role of religion in power and politics, written by world renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong, is a deep and unbiased presentation of the experiences of different religions: paganism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.
Wars, terrorism, aggressive intolerance, social violence have accompanied humanity throughout history. Is religion to blame, which is increasingly being blamed for this? …
ISBN: 978-5-91671-093-9, 978-5-91671-9, 978-5-91671-192-9, 978-5-91671-299-5, 978-5-91671-413-5 Year editions: 2014 Publisher: Alpina non-fiction Language: Russian.
Quote God of Jews, Christians and Muslims – God
What is the book about Where did the very idea of one God come from in our perception? How did man’s ideas about God change? What features have the three world religions of monotheism endowed with – Judaism, Christianity and Islam? What impact have these three religions had on each other?
The author created a real miracle: she covered in one book the entire history of monotheism – from Abraham to the present day, from ancient philosophy, medieval mysticism, spiritual quests of the Renaissance and Reformation up to skepticism of the modern era.
Why the book is worth reading Karen Armstrong’s authority in everything related to religion is unshakable throughout the world. She is endowed with rare virtues: enviable scholarship and a brilliant gift to speak simply about complex things. The English researcher in this book did the almost impossible – she took a huge topic and reduced it to basic principles. And what is important is not oversimplifying.
The book examines 4,000 years of humanity’s spiritual quest. 4000 years of searching for God. 4000 years of searching for meaning.
This book is a true historical masterpiece. At the same time, simple and clear.
Who is this book for? For atheists and deeply religious people, for historians and physicists, for students and professors. This topic is important for everyone who considers himself a thinker and seeker.
For whom it is important to know your past in order to confidently move forward.
Who is the author Karen Armstrong is one of the most famous historians of religion in the West, the author of many books on historical and religious topics, translated into 40 languages. She is a frequent speaker at conferences, television and radio, and is featured in newspapers and magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. Lives and works in London. Armstrong’s books
Key concepts History, faith, theology, monotheism, Islam, Judaism, Christianity.