The Great Transformation The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah

by Karen Armstrong

The Great Transformation The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah Synopsis

The centuries between 800 and 300 BC saw an explosion of new religious concepts. Their emergence is second only to man's harnessing of fire in fundamentally transforming our understanding of what it is to be human. But why did Socrates, Buddha, Confucius, Jeremiah, Lao Tzu and others all emerge in this five-hundred-year span? And why do they have such similar ideas about humanity?In The Great Transformation, Karen Armstrong examines this phenomenal period and the connections between this disparate group of philosophers, mystics and theologians.

The Great Transformation The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah Press Reviews

'A remarkable history... fascinating and highly readable... profoundly relevant.' Julie Wheelwright, Independent '[Armstrong] shows a formidable grasp of sacred history and biblical scholarship.' Felipe Fernandez-Armesto, The Times 'Armstrong writes with her customary elegance and lucidity... It would be hard not to learn a lot from this substantial book.' Diarmaid MacCulloch, Guardian 'This book deserves nothing but praise.' Bryan Appleyard, Sunday Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9781843540564
Publication date: 8th March 2007
Author: Karen Armstrong
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 496 pages
Categories: General & world history, Ancient history: to c 500 CE, History of religion,

About Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is one of the world's foremost commentators on religious affairs. Her bestselling books include Islam: A Short History; Buddha; A History of God; Through The Narrow Gateand The Spiral Staircase.

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