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Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is a challenging voice in the world of Christian dialogue. Some of my staunch Roman Catholic friends might question my mentioning her at all as a possible guide.

Some background according to her Wikipedia entry:

Karen Armstrong (born 14 November 1944), author of twelve books on comparative religion, is a frequent commentator on the British Broadcasting network (BBC). A former Roman Catholic nun, she went from a conservative to a more liberal and mystical faith. Armstrong first rose to prominence in 1993 with her book, A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, an international best seller that is now required reading in many theology courses. She has emphasized the commonalities of the major religions, asserting that they each stress the importance of compassion, as epitomized in what is known as the Golden Rule.

Karen was once in the convent. This experience turned her  away from God. She found her way into the world of TV and undertook a project to disprove the existence of God. It was out of this experience that her faith was reignited.

She did not return to the Catholic Church. Instead started on a quest to better understand the God of Abraham- the God that the three major monotheistic religions all worship.

For those of you who have never met Karen Armstrong here she is in conversation with Rev. Alan Jones.This is a introduction to her thinking. I encourage you to listen to her discussion of the Golden Rule which I am planning to explore in future posts in more detail.

Please note that this is a clip of a longer program- if you want to listen to the rest of the discussion simply click here or  on the “Watch Whole Program” link below.

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