Archive: Karen Armstrong
I personally think it best not to try to imagine what we call 'heaven', because it can only be some kind of projection or wish-fulfillment. We can become so fixated on 'getting into heaven' that all our good deeds become purely selfish - as irreligious as paying into a retirement annuity for a comfortable life in the hereafter. Religion is supposed to be about the loss of ego - not fantasies about its eternal survival in optimum conditions.
By Karen Armstrong | March 23, 2010; 09:39 AM ET | Comments (12)
When we are talking about God, nobody has the last word because what we call God lies beyond the reach of speech. Equating 'faith' with 'belief' is a recent aberration and one that is peculiar to modern Western Christianity.
By Karen Armstrong | October 8, 2009; 04:09 PM ET | Comments (118)
The Sufis reflect the profound and inspiring pluralism of the Qur'an ~ and all faiths could do with an infusion of this acknowledgement of our common humanity.
By Karen Armstrong | April 26, 2009; 09:49 AM ET | Comments (31)
The major task of our generation is to build a global community where people of all persuasions can live together in mutual respect. If we do not achieve this, we will not have a viable world to hand on to our children. We must implement the Golden Rule globally.
By Karen Armstrong | November 17, 2008; 08:30 AM ET | Comments (182)
Prayer is really for us; it teaches us to thank, praise, and beg pardon wholeheartedly, without holding anything back.I
By Karen Armstrong | February 5, 2007; 10:07 AM ET | Comments (169)
Most religious lawcodes were devised in premodern era, when all women were regarded as second-class citizens.
By Karen Armstrong | January 19, 2007; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (335)
It may be that the atheism that is taking hold is a rejection of a widespread idolatry which has forgotten that any conception of the divine is bound to be inadequate.
By Karen Armstrong | January 1, 2007; 05:57 PM ET | Comments (112)
I see the Christmas story and the deification of Jesus not as a statement of historical fact or an abstract religious doctrine. Like all religious teaching it is a call to action.
By Karen Armstrong | December 21, 2006; 10:30 AM ET | Comments (46)
All world faiths, including Islam... teach the duty of self-criticism
By Karen Armstrong | November 30, 2006; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (74)
The reality we call God, Brahman, Nirvana or the sacred is transcendent. That is, it goes beyond our mundane experience. If we imprison ourselves in dogmatic ideas, we are closing our minds to the divine.
By Karen Armstrong | November 14, 2006; 09:30 PM ET | Comments (46)