The Case for God: What Religion Really Means

Author(s): Karen Armstrong

Ideas & Philosophy

An essential book for our times: A thoughtful, cultured response to Richard Dawkins.


There is widespread confusion about the nature of religious truth. For the first time in history, a significantly large number of people want nothing to do with God. Mlitant atheists preach a gospel of godlessness with the zeal of missionaries and find an eager audience. What has happened?


Tracing the history of faith from the Palaeolithic Age to the present, Karen Armstrong shows that meaning of words such as 'belief', 'faith' and 'mystery' has been entirely altered, so that atheists and theists alike now think and speak about God - and, indeed, reason itself - in a way that our ancestors would have found astonishing. Does God have a future?


Karen Armstrong examines how we can build a faith that speaks to the needs of our troubled and dangerously polarized world.


Product Information

Karen Armstrong is one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun in the 1960s, but then left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. She is a best-selling author of over 15 books. An accomplished writer and passionate campaigner for religious liberty, Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and the Senate and has participated in the World Economic Forum.

General Fields

  • : 9780099524038
  • : Vintage (Random House imprint)
  • : Vintage (Random House imprint)
  • : June 2010
  • : 198mm X 129mm X 24mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Karen Armstrong
  • : 384
  • : Paperback