A History of God: The 4,000 Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, by Karen Armstrong
Save yourself the time. Guess when you have plenty though, what does it matter?
She is terrible.
She is not an Orthodox Christian, and she is certainly way too ecumenical and too liberal for my tastes. However, if you know this going in then you can still gain a lot from her. She is very knowledgable about religion and she is an excellent writer in my opinion.
I read a book of hers while waiting for a woman to get ready to go out, before I cared about Orthodoxy Christianity or being involved in anything "religious". While offering much laughter, it was terribly written.
It was a helpful exercise, as I was able to quickly gauge the woman's intellectual capacity and propensity to the worst sorta liberalism, when she explained to me how interesting and "informative" the text was and how she came to better understand "religious people" especially Christians.
The problem is not the ecumenicism. Aside from the writing, she belongs in the heap of trash of x
studies, in this case religious studies, which doesn't properly understand its own history of thought, necessarily "Western", then attempts to reduce everything else in the world to its own uncritical understanding of its own metaphysics.
But as they say:
Which actually is just another installment in the patronizing toward the Black Man long series of tales of Whitey Knows Best.