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3.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 53.9 out of 5 3.90 (0 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:
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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!


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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Alex | 1/17/2014

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

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