The Case for God

Publisher: Vintage Canada
From the bestselling author of A History of God and The Great Transformation comes a balanced, nuanced understanding of the role religion plays in human life and the trajectory of faith in modern times.

Why has God become incredible? Why is it that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God in a way that veers so profoundly from the thinking of our ancestors?

Moving from the Paleolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong details the lengths to which humankind has gone to experience a sacred reality that it called God, Brahman, Nirvana, Allah, or Dao. She examines the diminished impulse toward religion in our own time when a significant number of people either want nothing to do with God or question the efficacy of faith. With her trademark depth of knowledge and profound insight, Armstrong elucidates how the changing world has necessarily altered the importance of religion at both societal and individual levels. And she makes a powerful, convincing argument for structuring a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.

From the Hardcover edition.



Homo religiosus

When the guide switches off his flashlight in the underground caverns of Lascaux in the Dordogne, the effect is overwhelming. "The senses suddenly are wiped out," one visitor recalled, "the millennia drop away. . . . You were never in darker darkness in your life. It was–I...
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1. In her introduction, Armstrong writes that "Religion is a practical discipline that teaches us to discover new capacities of mind and heart" [p. xiii]. Why does Armstrong repeatedly assert the primacy of religious practice, ritual, and discipline over merely assenting to a set of abstract beliefs?

2. In what...

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A Globe and Mail Best Book
A New York Times Notable Book

"The Case for God does not try to explain or prove the existence of a deity. But it shines unexpected light on modern views of religion.... The book provides a wealth of challenging ideas and perspectives."
Winnipeg Free Press

"The ripe for a book like The Case for God, which wraps a rebuke to the more militant sort of atheism in an engaging survey of Western religious thought.... This is an eloquent case for the ancient roots of the liberal approach to faith."
— The New York Times

"In over a dozen books [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 subcribe to the formality of organized belief."
— The Economist

From the Hardcover edition.