Karen Armstrong

Religion
  • Religion

  • ‘Because ‘God’ is infinite, nobody can have the last word.’

    What is this thing, religion, which has supposedly been the cause of bloodshed and warring for centuries? What is ‘God’ and do we need ‘Him’ in our modern world? Karen Armstrong, bestselling author and one of the world’s leading writers on religious affairs, has a refreshing and startling way of looking again at these questions. God is not a being to be ‘believed in’ as a child believes in Santa Claus; religion is not a story to be proven true or false, but a discipline akin to music or art that answers a deeply human need, and can teach us to discover new capacities of mind and heart.

    Selected from A Case for God, Fields of Blood and The Lost Art of Scripture


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Karen Armstrong is one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, but left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. She is a best-selling author of over 16 books. A passionate campaigner for religious liberty, Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and participated in the World Economic Forum. In 2013 she recieved the British Academy's inaugural Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for improving transcultural understanding.