Karen Armstrong discusses the topic What is Religion? as a part of the 2008 Chautauqua Institution CLSC Roundtable/Lecture series.
Contemporary and historical religion's most prolific author, Karen Armstrong is a highly sought-after lecturer around the world, and is called upon by governments, universities, and church and secular organizations alike to educate about the world's religions and to inform regarding their place in the modern world. A former Roman Catholic nun, she was educated at Oxford and has taught at London University and London's Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism.
Her writings include A History of God: From Abraham to the Present, the 4000 Year Quest for God; Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths; The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; Islam: A Short History; The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions; and Muhammad: A Prophet For Our Time. She has been honored around the world especially as a bridge-builder between the Abrahamic Faiths of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Her most recent works are A History of the Bible, The Case for God, and 12 Steps to a Compassionate Life.
One of the 2008 winners of the TED Prize, chosen for her world-changing work and continuing potential to inspire others to do something great for the world, in November of 2009 the TED community helped Armstrong to launch her Charter for Compassion to help to restore the Golden Rule as the central global religious doctrine.
Renowned theologian and author Karen Armstrong discusses the difficulty of speaking about God. She traces this through the prophets to modern interpretations. She says that in our literal minded age we have lost all thought of symbolism.
Branch of philosophy that studies key metaphysical and epistemological concepts, principles, and problems of religion. Topics considered include the existence and nature of God, the possibility of knowledge of God, human freedom (the free will problem), immortality, and the problems of moral and natural evil and suffering. Natural theology is the attempt to establish knowledge of God without dependence on revelation. Traditional arguments for the existence of God include the ontological argument, the cosmological argument, and the argument from design.
On the segment “What is religion” she gives no real answer. She merely states that religion is faith but that faith does not give certainty? Surely faith by definition is certainty. A lack of certainty must mean a lack of faith unless one is stating that I have faith (I know) that Jesus might have existed. That is just ridiculous rubbish. Ahhh! Now I get it. She is saying religion is ridiculous rubbish. Well said Karen.
Can't be bothered with the rest of it once i got to the old "god transcends our understanding" chestnut.
Every self-proclaimed "Believer" and "NON-BELIEVER" would benefit from Karen Armstrongs' wisdom. She is the author of THE HISTORY OF GOD, the Battle for God and many more books that address the issues of God in current times. She brings an understanding to those who are searching for answers, those who reject the status quo and most of all she inspires everyone who listens.