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The Lost Art of Scripture PDF ä Lost Art of  MOBI In our increasingly secular world, holy texts are at best seen as irrelevant, and at worst as an excuse to incite violence, hatred and division So what value, if any, can scripture hold for us today And if our world no longer seems compatible with scripture, is it perhaps because its original purpose has become lost Today we see the Quran being used by some to justify war and terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in the Land of Israel, and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception The holy texts at the centre of all religious traditions are often employed selectively to underwrite arbitrary and subjective views They are believed to be divinely ordained they are claimed to contain eternal truthsBut as Karen Armstrong, a world authority on religious affairs, shows in this fascinating journey through millennia of history, this narrow reading of scripture is a relatively recent phenomenon For hundreds of years these texts were instead viewed as spiritual tools scripture was a means for the individual to connect with the divine, to transcend their physical existence, and to experience a higher level of consciousness Holy texts were seen as fluid and adaptable, rather than a set of binding archaic rules or a truth that has to be believedArmstrong argues that only by rediscovering an open engagement with their holy texts will the world s religions be able to curtail arrogance, intolerance and violence And if scripture is used to engage with the world in meaningful and compassionate ways, we will find that it still has a great deal to teach us

10 thoughts on “The Lost Art of Scripture

  1. Rebecca Rebecca says:

    In many ways, we seem to be losing the art of scripture in the modern world Instead of reading it to achieve transformation, we use it to confirm our own views ether that our religion is right and that of our enemies wrong, or, in the case of sceptics, that religion is unworthy of serious consideratio

  2. Rama Rama says:

    This is a mishmashThe New Testament and Quran were routinely revised since ancient times and their message dramatically reinterpreted to meet the needs of the ever present The art of scripture erased the past because the sacred text is known to be the Word of God, and it had to conform to the moral rules set

  3. Kathy Kathy says:

    This is a remarkable telling of the history of man s desire to commune with his creator, how it has been attempted or accomplished from early man to present day with the thread of left right brain activity This book is filled with historical information from the world s varied cultures and faiths.Whether you are a sc

  4. Tom Helmick Tom Helmick says:

    Karen Armstrong is a profound thinker, writer, and historian I felt like I understood about half of what she wrote, but that half was really worth the long read My sense of her thesis is that to rescue the sacred texts we need to read them aloud and repeatedly, bringing them to bear on our present day histories This farof a

  5. Michael Austin Michael Austin says:

    Perhaps the most conspicuous thing about Karen Armstrong s new book The Lost Art of Scripture is that it is about twice as long as it needs to be This is not really surprising Most books are twice as long as they need to be But this one is really, really twice as long as it needs to be If an editor had required her to cut 50% of it

  6. Paul Ataua Paul Ataua says:

    I arrived here after watching Karen Armstrong talking about scripture on TV, on how its modern , narrow, and often misguided interpretation needs to be understood and redressed Certainly, the first few pages set up this argument, but then the text seems to veer off on a tangent leaving that very argument behind and losing its grip on a clea

  7. Chris Jaffe Chris Jaffe says:

    A lot of knowledge of the material here, but I felt like Armstrong bit offthan she could chew You get an overview of theology and scripture from China, India, and the West going back 4,000 years The start of the book introduces the book s main point how we ve come to a point where we don t do a good job reading scripture We go to scripture to confi

  8. Dorothy Dorothy says:

    Karen Armstrong, for those unfamiliar with her work, is a former nun and British writer who has written extensively on religion and religious themes I ve read and learned a lot from a few of her many books, including A History of God, to which this current book seems almost a sequel Armstrong, who is 75, is now an ambassador for the United Nations Alliance

  9. Tom Tom says:

    Karen Armstong is recognized as one of the most respected religious scholars alive today She has a remarkable range of knowledge about the history of various religions including China, India, Judaism, Christianity and Islam.She argues in this book that scripture, in its origins, was wedded to ritual and to art and its intent was to bring about kenosis the emptying

  10. Rhys Rhys says:

    It is always a pleasure to read Karen Armstrong her clear prose and balance between scholarship and general interest I was particularly appreciative of how she used Iain McGilchrist s thesis to structure this work from The Master and His Emissary on neuroscience and the roles of the linear and literal left brain and the holistic right brain There is no specific God spot i

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