Karen Armstrong on religion

Filed under: Non-fiction

What is religion? Karen Armstrong speaking about religion; chaired by Colin Thubron.

Karen Armstrong first came to public attention with Through the Narrow Gate (1982), her highly praised memoir of seven years as a Roman Catholic nun. Since then, she has established herself as one of the most lucid, compelling and respected writers and speakers on the major world religions. In 2009, she published a Charter for Compassion, whose signatories include Queen Noor of Jordan, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Paul Simon. In response to escalating religious fundamentalism and division, she argues that religion has more to do with behaviour than belief, and urges us to make compassion ‘a clear, luminous and dynamic force in our polarised world’.

We are grateful to The Bloomsbury Hotel for sponsoring this event.

Recorded on Monday 5 March 2012.

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Colin Thubron 1969
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