Karen Armstrong spent seven
years as a nun in the
Society of the
Holy Child Jesus
during the 1960s
and later wrote
a tell-all book,
She teaches Christianity at London's Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism. It was her first trip to Jerusalem in 1983 that piqued her interest in commonality among faiths. At the time she was an atheist who was "wearied" by religion and "worn out by years of struggle;" but the trip gave her back "a sense of what faith is all about."
Her books include A History of God (1993), Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths (1996) and The Battle for God (2000). Continue bio at BookBrowse.....
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A 30 minute NPR radio interview (New York Public Radio, 30 mins).
Select quotes from this interview:
want to be right
"The practice of compassion is religion."
"Religion is designed not to answer our questions but to help us to ask them and to hold us in an attitude of awe and wonder ... a lot of science does that too."
Did you know? The term Axial Age was coined in 1948 by German philosopher Karl Jaspers to describe the approximate 600 year period from around 800 BC during which the foundations of the world's great religions was laid.
This article was originally published in May 2006, and has been updated for the
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