Written by Karen Armstrong. Narrated by a robot.
I found this books good points came in how it covered the evolving context of religious beliefs to changes in relation to history and textual criticism. The author also draws connection to the controversies between scholarship and biblical literalists and different sects themselves.
You'll like the book. That is if you can handle hours of monotone speaking.
PS Although it doesnt come in audio form James Kugel, in my opinion, is still the best on covering, in well annotated detail, the old vs new understandings of the bible in his book "how to read the bible"
The subject was covered with interesting examples and theories that could explain why things are the way they are in our minds and, if they are true, what that means in our modern day environments.Obviously evolutionary pyschology will be about what adaptations our mind has evolved to help us survive and reproduce and I thought the author did a good job keeping to that central theme while exploring briefly ideas that venture from certain conclusions. The author is humorous at times and I thought the book was well read. I'm looking forward to the next segment!
This book is fascinating. I can't imagine a person not being more enriched by taking the time to read and think about the arguments in this book.
As definitely and clearly as i can state it: Get this book.
Definitely interesting and a good place to see the minds of different free thinkers throughout history.
My one major criticism is that as an audiobook it was hard at times to distinguish the text of the narrator from that of the various authors in the book, especially when returning to a section midway through.
After reading some other books that, maybe for the first time, got me to ask "where did we get the bible from anyway?" I came across Misquoting Jesus.
I couldnt recommend the book enough not only because of its comprehensive nature but the ability of the author to keep the book interesting and thought provoking.
I found it easy to understand and unlike a lot of books on the matter this one is not apologetic and skewd towards the beliefs of a practicing Christian who wants you to still believe everything is good even though theres a lot of problems with the text. However its not a Hitchens god basher either. A very well rounded scholarly book for the layman such as myself.
Great book and well worth the time to listen or read.
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