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God Against The Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and… (original 2004; edition 2005)
by Jonathan Kirsch (Author)
God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism by Jonathan Kirsch (2004)
Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0142196339, Paperback)
"Lively… points out that the conflict between the worship of many gods and the worship of one true god never disappeared." —Publishers Weekly
"Jonathan Kirsch has written another blockbuster about the Bible and its world." —David Noel Freedman, Editor-in-Chief of the Anchor Bible Project
"Kirsch tackles the central issue bedeviling the world today - religious intolerance… A timely book, well-written and researched." —Leonard Shlain, author of The Alphabet and the Goddess and Sex, Time and Power
"An intriguing read." —The Jerusalem Report
"A timely tale about the importance of religious tolerance in today’s world." —San Francisco Chronicle
"Kirsch is a fine storyteller with a flair for rendering ancient tales relevant and appealing." —The Washington Post
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:20 -0400)
In this ... book, [the author] explores the final struggle between monotheism and polytheism in the ancient world, a war that was fought by a series of charismatic, visionary but also violent monarchs in the name of the One True God - an Egyptian pharaoh, a Jewish king, and two Roman emperors. Contrary to the conventional wisdom of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, the world of classical paganism was not steeped in sin. In fact, [according to the author], religious liberty and diversity were core values of classical paganism, and it was monotheism that introduced the terrors of true belief, including holy war, martyrdom, inquisitions, and crusades.-Dust jacket.
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