Karen Armstrong

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Karen Armstrong is a leading expert on the Abrahamic religions and author on comparative religion. After leaving her Catholic convent and growing hostile to religion Armstrong rediscovered her faith when sent to Jerusalem to lead research on a BBC documentary on St. Paul. She also developed a deep appreciation for the faiths of Jews and Muslims which has guided her subsequent work. Her publications include, among others, Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence (2014), Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life (2010), The Great Transformation: The World in the Time of Buddha, Socrates, Confucius and Jeremiah (2006), The Battle for God (2000), and A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam (1993). In 2008, Armstrong developed the “Charter for Compassion,” an interfaith initiative that seeks to apply shared moral principles to foster global interreligious understanding, and she has participated in the Alliance of Civilizations High-level Group.
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