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Metamagician and the Hellfire Club: If I could lead the cat herd
"I were leading the cat herd, I'd like to stress that the problem isn't so much religion in itself, or even the Abrahamic tradition in itself. It is, first, the many deplorable elements - the apocalypticism, totalitarianism, sexist, puritanism, intolerance, etc. - that are so prevalent in the Abrahamic holy books and traditions. But it is not every single element of those traditions."
religion  karen-armstrong  russell-blackford  sam-harris 
april 2010 by pw201
Troy Jollimore on Karen Armstrong’s ‘The Case for God’ - Book Review
"Armstrong may perhaps make a plausible claim in asserting that faith, as understood by mainstream religious traditions before the advent of modernity, involved more than “mere” belief in the modern sense; but if the problem with religious life is that it encourages false, absurd, unjustified beliefs, showing that it does other things as well is not sufficient."
religion  philosophy  atheism  karen-armstrong  apophatic  christianity 
december 2009 by pw201
Richard Norman - Beyond belief
Richard Norman on the "New Believers": Terry Eagleton, Karen Armstrong and such like, the people who say religion is not remotely about believing stuff. "I cannot see how, in the end, a distinctive religious identity can be possible unless it is based on the acceptance of at least some non-metaphorical factual beliefs – beliefs about the existence of a personal deity and about how his intentions and purposes explain our world. Those beliefs do, inescapably, need to be rationally defended. And they can’t be. On that point, certainly, Dawkins is right."
richard-norman  belief  religion  karen-armstrong  terry-eagleton  eagleton  richard-dawkins 
november 2009 by pw201
Review: The Case for God by Karen Armstrong | Books | The Guardian
"The ordinary man or woman in the pew or on the prayer mat probably thinks of God as a kind of large version of themselves with mysterious powers and a rather nasty temper. That is the vice of theory again, and as long as they think like that, ordinary folk are not truly religious, whatever they profess."
religion  atheism  books  god  karen-armstrong 
july 2009 by pw201
Karen Armstrong on PBS
Thinks religions need more compassion and should interpret their scriptures to provide it.
bible  religion  compassion  karen-armstrong 
march 2009 by pw201

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