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Jonathan Kirsch is an author of 13 books which consist of two books on law, eight books on biography and history . It is divided into two books namely The God that Failed and The War of God against Gods

Jonathan Kirsch is an author of 13 books which consist of two books on law, eight books on biography and history, and two novels (jonathankirsch. He is also a member of the National Book Critics Circle and member of the Authors Guild and he has served as the President of the PEN USA. He is known to be a columnist and a practicing lawyer of publishing rights as well. And the Book Speaks Not Against the Gods. It is divided into two books namely The God that Failed and The War of God against Gods. He started with an introduction of paganism and other gods and then shifted to the conflicts and transitions that arose.

God Against the Gods book. One True God or Many? This is a study of the 2,000 year war between polytheism and monotheism, which ended in the victory of religions like Christianity, Judaism and Islam

God Against the Gods book. One True God or Many? This is a study of the 2,000 year war between polytheism and monotheism, which ended in the victory of religions like Christianity, Judaism and Islam. I wish I could say I appreciated the book more than I did. I'm intuitively sympathetic to the approach of the author. However, I just don't think he did justice to a great subject. It's a Bit of a God's Breakfast. While it's an interesting narrative in the style of historian Tom Holland, it seems that Kirsch is first and foremost One True God or Many?

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God Against the Gods, breaking a long-lived taboo, reveals monotheism’s dark side and polytheism’s bright one, illuminating the ancient roots of today’s most bloody conflicts as well as the cherished idea of religious liberty. Perfectly suited to readers of Bernard Lewis and Karen Armstrong, God Against the Godsis a dramatic and eye-opening epic of the final struggle between monotheism and polytheism in the ancient world. It was a war fought by an Egyptian pharaoh, a Jewish king, and a Roman emperor-charismatic, visionary, and violent men battling in the name of the Only True God.

God Against the Gods This is a very concise, yet thorough, history of the war between the One True God and the many varied Gods of paganism from the beginning of religion.

God Against the Gods. Jonathan Kirsch has provided a short, but powerful historical look at the rise of monotheism and the fall polytheism, that depending on one’s perspective, might lead one to believe we would be better off with a tolerant form of polytheism versus the forms of monotheism that are the movers and shakers of continued unrest in the world. His book spans the time of the ancient Hebrews and Egyptians, the classical world of the Greeks, and through the immediate heirs of Constantine. This is a very concise, yet thorough, history of the war between the One True God and the many varied Gods of paganism from the beginning of religion.

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The Core Value of Monotheism. The Cuckolded Husband. Jonathan Kirsch is a book columnist for the Los Angeles Times and author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed King David, Moses, The Harlot by the Side of the Road, and The Woman Who Laughed at God. He lectures and consults widely on biblical, literary, and legal topics and is a past president of PEN Center USA West. Библиографические данные. God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism.

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God Against the Gods does however put a more positive spin on paganism than Christianity - Kirsch rightly points .

God Against the Gods does however put a more positive spin on paganism than Christianity - Kirsch rightly points out that many more Christians died at the hands of other Christians than at the hands of any pagan persecutors. Like true believers in monotheism, the persecutors of the Christians coined a new word to describe those who denied the very existence of the old gods and goddesses - the Christians were condemned as "atheists.

Examining the roots of religious extremism, the author of The Woman Who Laughed at God describes the struggle between monotheism and polytheism in the ancient world, revealing the dark side of monotheism--holy war, inquistions, crusades, and martyrdom--and the brighter side of polytheism, including its emphasis on religious liberty and diversity.
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God Against the Gods

Jonathan Kirsch has provided a short, but powerful historical look at the rise of monotheism and the fall polytheism, that depending on one’s perspective, might lead one to believe we would be better off with a tolerant form of polytheism versus the forms of monotheism that are the movers and shakers of continued unrest in the world. His book spans the time of the ancient Hebrews and Egyptians, the classical world of the Greeks, and through the immediate heirs of Constantine. Kirsch makes it clear that both forms of “worship” have held their periods of persecution, which continue to this day. Most of these persecutions are/were perpetrated by extremes, yet polytheism has tended to be the most tolerant of any of the forms of worship of the God(s).

An interesting fact from Kirsch is that the Christians were the first accused as being atheists. The Romans appeared to be excepting of the Christian God, and were willing to accept the Christian God into their legion of gods, but could not understand why the Christians would not accept the existence of the Roman gods, thus, the derivation of the term atheists. The Emperor Nero capitalized on this an as excuse for the first of the Christian persecutions.

Much time is spent on the schisms and heresies within the Christian philosophies, in particular the Arian controversy. Were God and Jesus of the same “stuff”, or were they of different “stuff”. It is a bitter irony that Christians persecuted each other because of this, and other dogmatic differences in worshipping their one God.

My summary will include a few quotes from the book.

“Begin now to cast aside the causes of that disunity which has existed among you, for by so doing, you will with one stroke be acting in the manner most pleasing to the Supreme God, and confer an extraordinary favor upon me.” - Constantine to the bishops at the council of Nicaea.

“No wild beasts are so hostile to mankind,” Ammianus famously remarked, “as are most of the Christians in their savagery to one another.”

From Kirsch: “Indeed, all the excesses of religious extremism in the modern world can be seen as the latest manifestation of a dangerous tradition that began in the distant past.”

Kirsch’s book is well documented, relying on an extensive bibliography, that includes many Biblical quotations. Perhaps someone more experienced with Biblical interpretations may find ground for disagreement with Kirsch, but this is the crux of the problem with Christian monotheism. Which interpretation, if any, is correct? Would we not all be better served with toleration for how one, if they chose, to worship (a) particular deity or deities? If Kirsch’s book can serve one productive purpose, it can serve as a foot in the door, to promote tolerance among those who choose to worship.

One wonders if humanity will exit existence with a whimper, or will our ultimate demise be upon one another’s “swords” as we declare God is on our side.
Uaha
Very well written. It raises great questions regarding religious belief sydtems.
Kajishakar
A wish everyone would read the history behind religion
fr0mTheSkY
This is a very concise, yet thorough, history of the war between the One True God and the many varied Gods of paganism from the beginning of religion. Anyone who wants to expand their mind can do so by reading this book. It is not biased that I could see and explains many events that had not been explained satisfactorily to me in the past by clergymen. It reflects the changes that can be made by one or several men that will affect an entire world and how one change can destroy or build several generations of beliefs. Very satisfying to anyone who wishes to know the true occurences of religious history.
Painbrand
This is a book for those who seek the truth and are not afraid of whatever your present beliefs are being put to the ultimate test. The author presents with historical facts how organized religion have staged through out the history of the world the biggest production of all times that would make any Hollywood production look like an elementary school play! Yet, most of the world continues to believe because it is easier to operate within the confort zone. If you feel you are ready to have everything you believe in challenged with valid proof, then by all means I exhort you to read this book. On the other hand, if you feel you might loose faith and will not be able to go on in life because your security blanket has been removed, then please do not read this book!
Malien
For anyone even half interested in understanding the history of religious wars, including the chaos occuring in modern times, this books gives an essential understanding of the role of monotheism in its fundamentalist forms to this history. Reading this book changed my entire world view of religion. It's essential reading for everyone, but particularly those who think religion is above criticism. You will not see the world in quite the same way after reading this.
Sardleem
Jonathan Kirsch does an excellent job of showing the reader just how much tolerance the early polytheistic belief systems had before the onset of monotheism. Even during the time of One True Wayism, the ancient pagans accepted the monotheistic beliefs. It wasn't until the early Christians disrespected the pagan beliefs (smashing alters and statues, ect.) that things began to sour. The pagan tolerance wore thin, and the Christians suffered for it. Through the next few centuries Kirsch takes us through the tug'o'war of polytheism with monotheism...where in the end, monotheism wins out and we see the biggest purge of non-"orthodox" Christians and pagans yet.

This is a wonderfully written book on the history of when and how polytheism was overtaken and outlawed by the rigorist monotheists and their One True God and how it connects with the way the world is today (holy wars, religious intolerance, terrorists).
God Against the Gods: The History of the War Between Monotheism and Polytheism ebook
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