Top Seller: Fields of Blood by Karen Armstrong – The bestselling and renowned author of The History of God, the book is a comprehensive study of religion and the story of the human repression.
First time ever in history, religious self-identification has been on the declining side in American. Some analysts have cited as cause a post-9/11perception: that faith in general is a source of aggression, intolerance, and divisiveness–something bad for society.
What is the truth of that perception? With deep knowledge and a an understanding of the human condition, Karen Armstrong sets out to uncover the truth about violence and religion within each of the great religions of the world and takes us on an incredible journey from prehistoric times until the present day.
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Many historians have studied the violence that was associated with specific religions (jihad within Islam or the Christianity’s Crusades), Armstrong looks at all religions–not just Christianity and Islam however, as well as Buddhism, Hinduism, Confucianism, Daoism, and Judaism–in the entirety over the span of.
In her account, each was born in an agrarian culture where powerful landowners raped peasants, while at the same time fighting between themselves over land, the sole reason for wealth. In this era it was not a private and discrete issue it would later become for us, but instead an issue that was prevalent across all aspects of our society. This is how agricultural aggression, as well as the warrior spirit it gave was entangled with the observances of the sacred.
In each of the traditions there was an alternative to the warrior code was also was developed. In the midst of prophets, sages, and mystics, there was a rise of communities who fought against inhumanity and bloodshed that was a part of an agrarian society and the violence of which religion had been made heir. So, by the time the great confessional religions were born, they everyone believed that they were committed to equality, peace, and reconciliation, regardless of the violence committed under their names.
Modernization and industrialization have brought into an age of shocking and unimaginable violence, but as Armstrong states, only a small amount could be traced specifically to religious beliefs. However, she demonstrates the extent to which religions, with their relative maturity, were able to take on modern warfare, and what hope there is for peace between believers of diverse faiths at this times.
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In the midst of growing geopolitical turmoil, the necessity of fostering a sense of understanding between nations as well as faith communities is more pressing than ever and the risk of taking actions caused by miscommunications never higher. Based on Armstrong’s vast knowledge and personal commitment to the advancement in the cause of love, Fields of Blood clearly demonstrates that religion isn’t the main cause of the problem.
- Publisher : Knopf; 1st edition
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 512 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0307957047
- ISBN-13 : 978-0307957047
- Weight : 1.97 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.62 x 1.5 x 9.53 inches
Karen Armstrong is the author of a variety of other books about religion, including A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, Buddha and The Great Transformation. She also wrote two memoirs, Through the Narrow Gate and The Spiral Staircase.
Her writings have been translated into 45 languages. She has spoken to representatives of The U.S. Congress on three occasions; addressed decision makers in the U.S. State Department; was a participant at The World Economic Forum in New York, Jordan, and Davos and spoke to on behalf of the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington and New York; is increasingly invited to address audiences in Muslim countries.
She she is now an ambassador of the UN Alliance of Civilizations. In February 2008, she was given the TED Prize and is currently working in conjunction with TED on a significant international initiative to create and promote the Charter for Compassion, created by the public, and developed by leading thought leaders from Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism and is expected to be adopted in the fall of 2009 by over a thousand of secular and religious leaders. The woman lives in London.