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The Lost Art of Scripture
Rescuing the Sacred Texts
By (author): Karen Armstrong
9780345812346 Hardcover English General Trade RELIGION / Comparative Religion Nov 05, 2019
$39.95 CAD
Active 6.56 x 9.53 x 1.62 in | 2.25 lb 624 pages Knopf Random Vintage Canada Knopf Canada
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

In this timely and important book, one of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs examines the lost art of Scripture as a medium to lift humanity and change our perception of reality while evading logical explanation.


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.

Story Locale: Global

SOLID RECORD: Karen Armstrong represents the gold standard for writing in her field and her books consistently sell. She is beloved by Canadian booksellers and media, and recently gave the keynote address at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Toronto.

GLOBAL SCOPE: A cogent and fluently organized grand tour of world religions. A one-stop-shop for readers interested in the vast and often intriguing human story of textual religious traditions.

URGENT MESSAGE: Armstrong argues that scripture, across all cultures, emphasizes the necessity of man taking responsibility for the planet and having faith in the divine potential of all human beings—a compelling message in our age of ecological and political catastrophe.

KAREN ARMSTRONG is one of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, but left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne’s College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. She is a bestselling author of over 16 books on religious affairs, including A History of God, Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life, The Case for God, and The Great Transformation, as well as a memoir, The Spiral Staircase. Her work has been translated into 45 languages. A passionate campaigner for religious liberty, Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and the Senate and has participated in the World Economic Forum.

Author Residence: London, UK

Author Hometown: Wildmoor, Worcestershire

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Praise for Karen Armstrong:

“A masterful writer.”—Publishers Weekly

“Armstrong [is] a sublime synthesizer of the world’s faiths and possessor of [the] ability to express abstruse points clearly and quickly.”—The Globe and Mail

“[Armstrong] has delivered something people badly want: a way to acknowledge that faith can be taken seriously as a response to deep human yearnings without needing to subscribe to the formality of organized belief.”—The Economist

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