Armstrong’s Case for God

In recent years, we have seen a number of books published that have made the case for atheism: Richard Dawkin’s The God Delusion, Christopher Hitchens’ God Is Not Great, Sam Harris’ Letter to a Christian Nation, and Daniel Dennett’s Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. It was almost as if a dam had broken, and suddenly a voice that hadn’t been heard in some time, at least not in the US, was let loose. The books hit hard, one after another, and they made their point. And now Karen Armstrong, who has written more than 20 books on Islam, Judaism and Christianity, offers a reply. Her new book published this week, The Case for God: What Religion Really Means, takes a historical look at God and concludes that we moderns (atheists, evangelicals and the rest) are working with a facile conception of God. And then she suggests an alternative way of seeing things. You can get a taste for her thinking in this NPR interview conducted this week: Listen with the player below, or via these links (MP3iTunesStream):

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