(The Lost Art of Scripture) [PDF READ] î Karen Armstrong


  • Hardcover
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  • The Lost Art of Scripture
  • Karen Armstrong
  • English
  • 05 June 2020
  • 9781847924315

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Summary The Lost Art of Scripture Karen Armstrong ↠ 2 Read & download Summary ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Karen Armstrong Centre of all religious traditions are often employed selectively to underwrite arbitrary and subjective views They are believed to be divinely ordained; they are claimed to contain eternal truthsBut as Karen Armstrong a world authority on religious affairs shows in this fascinating journey through millennia of history this narrow reading of scripture is a relatively recent phenomenon For hundreds of years these texts were instead viewed as spiritual tools scripture was a means for the individual to connect with the divine. I arrived here after watching Karen Armstrong talking about scripture on TV on how its modern narrow and often misguided interpretation needs to be understood and redressed Certainly the first few pages set up this argument but then the text seems to veer off on a tangent leaving that very argument behind and losing its grip on a clear and solid interpretation There is some talk or neuroscience but this comes down to the difference between the left and right brain hemispheres which hardly clears anything up It is a pity because I think there is a real discussion to be had and having watched her talk I believe she has a lot to say but unfortunately this book doesn t really work for me The Silver Branch believed to Fisher Investments on Utilities be divinely ordained; they are claimed to contain eternal truthsBut as Karen Armstrong a world authority on religious affairs shows in this fascinating journey through millennia of history this narrow reading of scripture is a relatively recent phenomenon For hundreds of years these texts were instead viewed as spiritual tools scripture was a means for the individual to connect with the divine. I arrived here after watching Karen Armstrong talking about scripture on TV on how its modern narrow and often misguided interpretation needs to Jupiters Legacy Vol 2 be understood and redressed Certainly the first few pages set up this argument Shadows Embrace Slaughter #2 but then the text seems to veer off on a tangent leaving that very argument Consoler of Suffering Hearts Modern Matericon Series behind and losing its grip on a clear and solid interpretation There is some talk or neuroscience Crome Yellow but this comes down to the difference Animorphia An Extreme Colouring and Search Challenge brain hemispheres which hardly clears anything up It is a pity Borka The Adventures of a Goose with no Feathers because I think there is a real discussion to Chinese Cinderella III be had and having watched her talk I Shadowed Stranger believe she has a lot to say From Sinner to Saint but unfortunately this The Murders in the Rue Morgue book doesn t really work for me

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Summary The Lost Art of Scripture Karen Armstrong ↠ 2 Read & download Summary ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Karen Armstrong In our increasingly secular world holy texts are at best seen as irrelevant and at worst as an excuse to incite violence hatred and division So what value if any can scripture hold for us today And if our world no longer seems compatible with scripture is it perhaps because its original purpose has become lostToday we see the uran being used by some to justify war and terrorism the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception The holy texts at the. This is a mishmashThe New Testament and uran were routinely revised since ancient times and their message dramatically reinterpreted to meet the needs of the ever present The art of scripture erased the past because the sacred text is known to be the Word of God and it had to conform to the moral rules set in ancient times Hence Muslims are practicing the moral and social norms of ninth century Arabian Desert and the uran and Hadith are used to justify acts of Jihad terrorism as a religious duty Muslim women deeply believe that God wants them to cover their head and Christians use the Gospel of John 316 to recklessly convert others into the Christian faith Force coercion savagery and war was used to enforce Christian beliefs The take home message from this book is mixed the author dwells on the role of myth how it evolved and why religions need it She takes us back to very ancient times about 40000 years ago Long before established religions came into existence to reconstruct the human faith systems The author is known for her work on Abrahamic faiths Old and New Testaments and Islam Her analysis of Hinduism covered mainly in one chapter namely Chapter 2 falls too short for a good comparisons with religions of The Middle East The author lacks a comprehensive competence in the vast field of Hinduism The religious literature includes Vedas Upanishads the Epics the Puranas Bhagavad Gita and the six Hindu philosophical systems that articulate this most ancient faith system The earliest hymns of Rigveda are dated back to 1700 BCE The author s work focuses on commonalities of religions and employs the need for compassion and often invoke political correctness She is known to be overtly sympathetic to Muslims since they make the most demand from the Western societies to conform to Muslim sentiments and Islamic values

Summary The Lost Art of Scripture

Summary The Lost Art of Scripture Karen Armstrong ↠ 2 Read & download Summary ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Karen Armstrong To transcend their physical existence and to experience a higher level of consciousness Holy texts were seen as fluid and adaptable rather than a set of binding archaic rules or a ‘truth’ that has to be ‘believed’Armstrong argues that only by rediscovering an open engagement with their holy texts will the world’s religions be able to curtail arrogance intolerance and violence And if scripture is used to engage with the world in meaningful and compassionate ways we will find that it still has a great deal to teach u. Karen Armstrong for those unfamiliar with her work is a former nun and British writer who has written extensively on religion and religious themes I ve read and learned a lot from a few of her many books including A History of God to which this current book seems almost a seuel Armstrong who is 75 is now an ambassador for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations The Lost Art of Scripture could almost serve as a textbook for a course in comparative religions In it Armstong takes us on a tour of the scriptural foundations of most of the major religious thought of humans It is a fascinating and lengthy than 600 pages journeyWe visit India for the origin of the Vedas And we revisit to pick up on variations of Hindu texts and the evolution of Jainist thought and of the beginnings of Sikhism It is a rich and wide ranging history that could fill and has filled many books by itselfThen we see the beginnings of Buddhism The Buddha never wrote a text and so it was left to others to gather and record his philosophy as expounded in his teachings to disciples China was the origin of much philosophy that could be termed religious although the Confucian and Taoist texts that are most familiar to us are not about a God in the Western sense instead they are guides about how to live a good and compassionate life They emphasize the idea that we are to revere all life and to treat others as we would ourselves wish to be treatedAnd here Armstrong does not stop with what we might normally think of as religious texts or scripture She includes the Greek philosophers and the ancient plays which also are instructions about living moral lives She makes the argument throughout that God or if you prefer right thought and righteous living is revealed in poetry music love sex as well as religion It is revealed perhaps most clearly in Nature itself A major portion of her book deals with the origins of Judaism Christianity and Islam and their scriptures She traces the development of the Hebrew Bible and makes the point that scripture was not meant to be read with eyes passing swiftly over a written page Instead it was to be read or recited out loud often with rituals that included music and body movements In this way the words would be imprinted upon one s heart and mind and remembered The beginnings of Christian scripture can fairly be traced to St Paul and his various letters to Christian communities although scholars believe that some of the writings attributed to him were actually written by others including some of the most misogynist passages that continue to be used by conservatives to justify the subjugation of women The contradictions in the accounts in the earliest Christian texts regarding the life of Jesus are many A comparison of the four Gospels Matthew Mark Luke and John is revelatory For example the oldest of the Gospels Mark does not mention the Virgin Birth or the Resurrection curious omissions to say the least But of course such contradictions are replete throughout the scriptures including various versions of the Ten Commandments that are found in the Hebrew texts Armstrong makes the case throughout that scripture is not to be taken literally The reader should adopt the inventive and mystical approach of premodern spirituality It is wrong to try to fit it into the confines of scientific discovery or historical facts Religion and scripture should be approached as an art form an invention of the human mind just like music or painting or poetry As such understanding of it evolves over time The understanding of Islam and its scripture the uran have evolved over time The origins of Islam emphasize compassion and justice and its bedrock gospel is that it is wrong to build a private fortune for one s own benefit one should share one s wealth to create a society in which the poor and vulnerable are treated with respect This is still the faith espoused by millions around the world but unfortunately a few militant passages from the uran written at a time when the new faith was under attack and surrounded by enemies are taken out of context by Muslim extremists as well as by Christian fundamentalists who despise them in order to transform Islam which at its root means submission to God into an excuse for violence and hatredChristianity has seen a similar evolution through the Protestant Reformation right down to the premillennialists of today who look forward to the Rapture and being able to sit on a cloud and look down to gloat at the suffering of those left behind It all perhaps harkens back to the beginnings of the Hebrew Bible which has their God repeatedly ordering genocides or as in the Noah story committing genocides One would do well to once again recall Armstrong s reminder that the scriptures are an art form that expresses the complexity of the human dilemma and are not to be taken literally I have barely scratched the surface of the material that Armstrong covers in her book including many references to poetry and secular literature which might be taken as adjuncts to sacred scripture It is an admirable compendium of religious thought through the ages The narrative slowed to a crawl at times as she emphasized or sought to explain a point and I admit my eyes glazed over at times but on the whole it is a very readable account for a skeptical layperson such as myself


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    (The Lost Art of Scripture) [PDF READ] î Karen Armstrong “In many ways we seem to be losing the art of scripture in the modern world Instead of reading it to achieve transformation we use it to confirm our own views – ether that our religion is right and that of our enemies wrong or in the case of sceptics that religion is unworthy of serious consideration Too many believers and non believer

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    (The Lost Art of Scripture) [PDF READ] î Karen Armstrong Summary ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong ↠ 2 Read & download This is a mishmashThe New Testament and uran were routinely revised since ancient times and their message dramatically reinterpreted to meet the needs of the ever present The art of scripture erased the past because the sacred text is known to be the Word of God and it had to conform to the moral rules set in ancient times Hence Muslims are practicing the moral and social norms of ninth century Arabian Desert a

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    (The Lost Art of Scripture) [PDF READ] î Karen Armstrong This is a remarkable telling of the history of man's desire to commune with his creator how it has been attempted or accomplished from early man to present day with the thread of leftright brain activity This book is filled with historical information from the world's varied cultures and faithsWhether you are a scholar of any of the world's sacred texts or familiar with the history of worship in all its forms in varying cultures this book h

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    (The Lost Art of Scripture) [PDF READ] î Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong is a profound thinker writer and historian I felt like I understood about half of what she wrote but that half was really worth the long read My sense of her thesis is that to rescue the sacred texts we need to read them aloud and repeatedly bringing them to bear on our present day histories This far of a

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    (The Lost Art of Scripture) [PDF READ] î Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong ↠ 2 Read & download Summary ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Karen Armstrong Perhaps the most conspicuous thing about Karen Armstrong's new book The Lost Art of Scripture is that it is about twice as long as it needs to be This is not really surprising Most books are twice as long as they need to be But this one is really really twice as long as it needs to be If an editor had reuired her to cut 50% of it before publication it would have been a much stronger bookAnd this does not mean that it is

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    (The Lost Art of Scripture) [PDF READ] î Karen Armstrong I arrived here after watching Karen Armstrong talking about scripture on TV on how its modern narrow and often misguided interpretation needs to be understood and redressed Certainly the first few pages set up this argument but then the text se

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    (The Lost Art of Scripture) [PDF READ] î Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong ↠ 2 Read & download Summary ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Karen Armstrong A lot of knowledge of the material here but I felt like Armstrong bit off than she could chew You get an overview of theology and scripture from China India and the West going back 4000 years The start of the book introduces the book's main point how we've come to a point where we don't do a good job reading scripture We go to scripture to confirm what we already think not to learn from it But that point gets lost in the mass o

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    (The Lost Art of Scripture) [PDF READ] î Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong ↠ 2 Read & download Summary ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Karen Armstrong Karen Armstrong for those unfamiliar with her work is a former nun and British writer who has written extensively on religion and religious themes I've read and learned a lot from a few of her many books including A History of God to which this current book seems almost a seuel Armstrong who is 75 is now an ambassador for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations The Lost Art of Scripture could almost serve as a textbook for a course

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    Karen Armstrong ↠ 2 Read & download Summary ¹ PDF, DOC, TXT, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ↠ Karen Armstrong Summary The Lost Art of Scripture Karen Armstong is recognized as one of the most respected religious scholars alive today She has a remarkable range of knowledge about the histo

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    (The Lost Art of Scripture) [PDF READ] î Karen Armstrong It is always a pleasure to read Karen Armstrong her clear prose and balance between scholarship and general interest I was particularly appreciative of how she used Iain McGilchrist's thesis to structure this work from The Master and His Emissary on neuroscience and the roles of the linear and literal left brain and the holistic right brainThere is no specific ‘God spot’ in the human brain that yields a sense of the sacred But in recen

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