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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Karen Armstrong Narrator: Karen Armstrong Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2006 ISBN: 9780739325339
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From Karen Armstrong, the bestselling author of A History of God and The Spiral Staircase, comes this extraordinary investigation of a critical moment in the evolution of religious thought.In the ninth century BCE, events in four regions of the civilized world led to the rise of religious traditions that have endured to the present day--the development of Confucianism and Daoism in China, Hinduism and Buddhism in India, monotheism in Israel, and philosophical rationalism in Greece. Armstrong, one of our most prominent religious scholars, examines how these traditions began in response to the violence of their time. Studying figures as diverse as the Buddha and Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah, Armstrong reveals how these still enduring philosophies can help address our contemporary problems. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Great Transformation can serve the needs of new readers interested in a popular work that synthesizes scholarship. . . . [U]seful to anyone seeking an integral sense of world religions. The Globe and Mail
  • Karen Armstrong is a genius. A. N. Wilson, author of Jesus: A Life
  • Armstrong is a lucid writer with a knack for synthesizing vast quantities of research. The Globe and Mail
  • Armstrong’s writing continues to offer a religious mirror and a cultural vision. Amazon.com
  • Armstrong has a dazzling ability: she can take a long and complex subject and reduce it to the fundamentals, without oversimplifying. The Sunday Times

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 2/10/2014

    " Interesting but heavy going; most in my bookclub did not finish. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nick Harriss | 1/30/2014

    " This is rather heavy going and rambling in places, but is a compelling account of how humanity developed what remains the core of the world's religious and philosophical beliefs between about 900 BC and 200 BC. The fascinating aspect is the similarities and the differences of the four cultures compared: Greece, India, China and Israel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jason Duffy | 1/28/2014

    " Unlike the rest of her books that I've read, this one was tough to get through. It's a little wordy for it its point, but worth getting to it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 1/17/2014

    " The theory seems interesting but somewhat oversimplifying and the grounds and arguments feel weak. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alida | 1/14/2014

    " everything that you want to know about how humanity created god and religion is here. this book should be required reading for college students in every single college in the US. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lamun Lamuna | 1/3/2014

    " Sebuah paparan evolusi kebertuhanan umat manusia, khususnya pada 4 tradisi (Yudaisme, Yunani, Hindi, dan China). Karen dengan sangat halus menunjukan keterkait kebudayaan-kebudayan itu. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve Clason | 1/2/2014

    " The Great Transformation: the Beginning of Our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong (1980) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 12/28/2013

    " The amazing (and perhaps sometimes overgeneralized) parallels of the development of morality as an aspect of religion in the b.c.e. times. With some interesting observations about Greek drama as a cultural phenomenon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cliff | 12/13/2013

    " A bit dry but very well researched. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leagle | 11/20/2013

    " Absorbing (though sometimes densely-packed) examination of the ancient origins of current religious thought. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika Sajdak | 10/30/2013

    " Our generation is desperately in need of a Great Transformation of our own. This is yet another example of how studying the past can give us hope for the future. If humanity can survive the disasters of this wide-spread period, we can focus on developing our compassion for future generations, too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roger Blackwell | 4/8/2013

    " I cannot recommend this book enough. It was important to me in understanding the history and interworkings of Axial Age religious transforamtions "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debbie Blane | 2/27/2013

    " Karen Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. She takes enormous amounts of material and boils them down to the necessary essence, making her work readable and imminently educational. This book was no exception. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 monique | 5/9/2012

    " This book describes the basis of the major spiritual traditions that are in practice today. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andy | 4/22/2012

    " A thoroughly enjoyable journey through the origins of the world's major religions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 4/19/2012

    " So much history here. Clear and objective commentary on those times BCE that I knew next to nothing about, using the evolution of religion as a focus. A great read from a smart, smart woman. I'll be reading her other books ASAP. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinley | 1/22/2012

    " Very indepth historical and cultural review of Axial age religions which are the bases of many of current religions. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 12/6/2011

    " Just a little dry but interesting. I haven't finished it but decided to put it away for awhile. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 10/11/2011

    " Like most of Karen Armstrong's work, she wrestles complicated material fairly skillfully. If you want to get an understanding of the religions that sprung up from the Axial Age (which are still the most influential religions in the world today), it's a fine place to start. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 C | 5/9/2011

    " Every Religious Studies scholar needs to read this book. Enough said "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erika | 1/7/2011

    " Our generation is desperately in need of a Great Transformation of our own. This is yet another example of how studying the past can give us hope for the future. If humanity can survive the disasters of this wide-spread period, we can focus on developing our compassion for future generations, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mckinley | 11/11/2010

    " Very indepth historical and cultural review of Axial age religions which are the bases of many of current religions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 11/9/2010

    " So much history here. Clear and objective commentary on those times BCE that I knew next to nothing about, using the evolution of religion as a focus. A great read from a smart, smart woman. I'll be reading her other books ASAP. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michael | 10/16/2010

    " I really like Karen Armstrong's work in early religious traditions. I didn't think she did justice to the Greeks, and her chapters on Judaism and early Christianity were pretty much a repeat of History of God, but the work on eastern traditions is well worth the read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steve | 7/27/2010

    " The Great Transformation: the Beginning of Our Religious Traditions by Karen Armstrong (1980) "

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About the Author
Author Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books on religious affairs. Her work has been translated into forty languages, and she has written three television documentaries. Since September 11, 2001, she has been a frequent contributor to conferences, panels, newspapers, periodicals, and other media on both sides of the Atlantic on the subject of Islam. She lives in London.