The Great Transformation

The Great Transformation

The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions

Book - 2006
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From Karen Armstrong, the bestselling author of A History of God and The Spiral Staircase , comes this extraordinary investigation of a critical moment in the evolution of religious thought.
In the ninth century BCE, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have endured to the present day--development of Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Armstrong, one of our most prominent religious scholars, examines how these traditions began in response to the violence of their time. Studying figures as diverse as the Buddha and Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah, Armstrong reveals how these still enduring philosophies can help address our contemporary problems.

Publisher: New York : Knopf, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780385721240
Branch Call Number: 200.9 Armstron 2006
Characteristics: xviii, 469 p. :,ill., maps ;,25 cm.


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heatherlynn Mar 14, 2008

A quick author/critic search will show that Karen Armstrong's status in Academia is questionable. Her work, however seems to hold as much water as Joseph Campbell and should be celebrated as much.

Oct 27, 2007

This is the story of the main religious bodies known today and where they came from. She looks at religion before there were Christians, Buddists, Islamics, Jews and Hindus. The author looks at the origins of the current religions and what came before them.


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heatherlynn Mar 14, 2008

Interesting hypothesis on religions' shaping of civilizations. Not widely accepted among scholars.
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