Karen Armstrong Quotes

When people try to find an ultimate meaning and value in human life, their minds seem to go in a certain direction. They have not been coerced to do this; it is something that seems natural to humanity.

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 […]

A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God who interfered with human freedom and creativity was tyrant. If God is seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect. “he” becomes a being, not Being itself. An […]

‘I do not believe in God’ has always meant something different at each period of history. The people who have been dubbed ‘atheists’ over the years have always denied a particular conception of the divine. Is the ‘God’ who is rejected by atheists today, the God of the patriarchs, the god of the prophets, the […]