Karen Armstrong

Compassion doesn't, of course, mean feeling sorry for people, or pity, which is how the word has become emasculated in a way.Karen Armstrong

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Alas, all traditions lose their primal purity and we all fail our founders.Karen Armstrong

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I have a very sharp tongue, I'm very impatient, and it's a lifelong struggle.Karen Armstrong

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Every fundamentalist movement I've studied in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut, visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion.Karen Armstrong

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Fundamentalists are not friends of democracy. And that includes your fundamentalists in the United States.Karen Armstrong

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The values of Islam are expressed by Muslims clearly. September 11 changed the world, and put Muslims on the spotlight.Karen Armstrong

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Buddhists talk about nirvana in very much the same terms as monotheists describe God.Karen Armstrong

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All religions are designed to teach us how to live, joyfully, serenely, and kindly, in the midst of suffering.Karen Armstrong

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Zionism was originally a rebellion against religious Judaism and the PLO Charter was essentially secularist. But because the conflict was allowed to fester without a resolution, religion got sucked into the escalating cycle of violence and became part of the problem.Karen Armstrong

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Today we often think that before we start living a religious life we have first to accept the creedal doctrines and that before one can have any comprehension of the loyalty and trust of faith, one must first force one's mind to accept a host of incomprehensible doctrines. But this is to put the cart before the horse.Karen Armstrong

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Pain is something that's common to human life. When we ignore it, we aren't engaging in the whole reality, and the pain begins to fester.Karen Armstrong

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Let's use our stories to encourage listening to one another and to hear not just the good news, but also the pain that lies at the back of a lot of people's stories and histories.Karen Armstrong

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At the beginning of the twentieth century, every single leading Muslim intellectual was in love with the west, and wanted their countries to look just like Britain and France.Karen Armstrong

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Compassion is not a popular virtue.Karen Armstrong

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Islam is a religion of success. Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image, in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating, disgraceful, helpless death.Karen Armstrong

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Now I think one of the reasons why religion developed in the way that it did over the centuries was precisely to curb this murderous bent that we have as human beings.Karen Armstrong

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There are some forms of religion that are bad, just as there's bad cooking or bad art or bad sex, you have bad religion too.Karen Armstrong

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The first person to promulgate the Golden Rule, which was the bedrock of this empathic spirituality, was Confucius 500 years before Christ.Karen Armstrong

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Religion is a search for transcendence. But transcendence isn't necessarily sited in an external god, which can be a very unspiritual, unreligious concept.Karen Armstrong

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There is a danger in monotheism, and it's called idolatry. And we know the prophets of Israel were very, very concerned about idolatry, the worship of a human expression of the divine.Karen Armstrong

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I was a lousy nun. I couldn't do it. I couldn't find God. It wasn't suitable for me. It is suitable for very few people.Karen Armstrong

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I have nothing maternal in me, and men want to be mothered a lot of the time.Karen Armstrong

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In the past some of the most influential Jewish, Christian and Muslim theologians, such as Maimonides, Aquinas and Ibn Sina, made it clear that it was very difficult to speak about God, because when we confront the ultimate, we are at the end of what words or thoughts can do.Karen Armstrong

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Storytelling is fine as long as you can encourage people to act on the stories.Karen Armstrong

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Human beings have always been mythmakers.Karen Armstrong

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Today mythical thinking has fallen into disrepute; we often dismiss it as irrational and self-indulgent. But the imagination is also the faculty that has enabled scientists to bring new knowledge to light and to invent technology that has made us immeasurably more effective.Karen Armstrong

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Compassion is the key in Islam and Buddhism and Judaism and Christianity. They are profoundly similar.Karen Armstrong

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Religions have always stressed that compassion is not only central to religious life, it is the key to enlightenment and it the true test of spirituality. But there have always have been those who'd rather put easier goals, like doctrine conformity, in place.Karen Armstrong

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Compassion is not a popular virtue. Very often when I talk to religious people, and mention how important it is that compassion is the key, that it's the sine-qua-non of religion, people look kind of balked, and stubborn sometimes, as much to say, what's the point of having religion if you can't disapprove of other people?Karen Armstrong

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Jesus did not spend a great deal of time discoursing about the trinity or original sin or the incarnation, which have preoccupied later Christians. He went around doing good and being compassionate.Karen Armstrong

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