Creating God: The Birth and Growth of Major Religions

Author(s): Robin Derricourt


This book uses history and archaeology to examine the origins of major monotheistic religions: describing the contexts of times, places and societies where Mormonism, Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism began. It strips away myths and later traditions to provide a secular account of how these faiths first took root. -- . What do we really know about how and where religions began, and how they spread?In this bold new book, award-winning author Robin Derricourt takes us on a journey through the birth and growth of several major religions, using history and archaeology to recreate the times, places and societies that witnessed the rise of significant monotheistic faiths. Beginning with Mormonism and working backwards through Islam, Christianity and Judaism to Zoroastrianism, Creating God opens up the conditions that allowed religious movements to emerge, attract their first followers and grow.Throughout history there have been many prophets: individuals who believed they were in direct contact with the divine, with instructions to spread a religious message. While many disappeared without trace, some gained millions of followers and established a lasting religion. In Creating God, Robin Derricourt has produced a brilliant, panoramic book that offers new insights on the origins of major religions and raises essential questions about why some succeeded where others failed. 'An intriguing and sensitively presented survey of the often surprising links and continuities between some of the world's great religions over three millennia.' — Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, University of Oxford


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  • : 9781526156174
  • : Manchester University Press
  • : Manchester University Press
  • : May 2021
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  • : Robin Derricourt
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 200.9
  • : 304