The idea of God is as old as human memory. It exists in the oldest relics; temples built to serve deities with forgotten names and it fills the lyrics of the oldest songs and poems. It has, in the course of human history, driven mankind to greatness but it has also been a source of conflict and division.
A History of God by Karen Armstrong is not a work of theology. Rather, it explores in detail, the evolution of religious belief across cultures all over the world. Specifically it explores monotheism � the belief in a single God � which drives the three major world-religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Armstrong compares the evolution of belief in the context of the respective rise, decline and spread of these religions. She notes the changes that take place between the origins of a particular religion and the later development of an organised religious institution around a modified set of ideas.
A History of God chronicles in detail the manner in which a single deity, originally called Jehovah came to be known under different names of YHVH, God the Father, the Holy Trinity and Allah in the course of a 1000 years which witnessed the birth of three major monotheistic faiths. The wars fought for religion likewise are considered in detail, each instance requiring a specific modification or interpretation that allows conflict and likewise further modification to provide grounds for building churches, mosques and synagogues.
A History of God is a best-selling title by Karen Armstrong. Armstrong is a former Nun of the Catholic Church who has subsequently broadened her outlook on theology and history and become a major scholar in the field of comparative religion. She has previously written books like The Case for God, The Great Transformation and A Short History of Myth. This paperback book is listed online with the ISBN-10 number of 0099273675 and the ISBN-13 Number of 978-0099273677.