Karen Armstrong Message Board
John posts on 1/13/2006 8:39:02 AM
I didn't realize how angry you are at the Catholic Church until I was 3/4's through your book and realized how you continually left out the Church's critical roll in formulating the world's view of what God is. You were dismissive of it's contribution and degrading to many of its saints and thinkers and took every opportunity to note the dark side of its history with little balance. Obviously, you are a woman who is agry at the Church's stand on women and your inability to find God through its precepts. I would dare say you doubt the trinity at best. You must be angry at how much time you wasted following its path. But to ignore the followings of a billion people seems to leave quite a big hole in your history lesson. I couldn't finish your book. I realized that your views are too slanted for my taste. I am sure others who have a distain for the Church eat up your every word.
drew hempel posts on 1/6/2006 3:03:00 PM
Dear Karen Armstrong: You've written a scholarly history of God but no where could I find the etymology of the word "god." Surely you should include the history of God which is actually a word!!
God comes from the Indo-European word GOTT meaning Bull as in the fertility rites of Bull-Gods.
This also explains why Brahman means Bull and is so close to Abraham.
In fact I submit that the history of the WORD GOD reveals more than all the convulated arguments about heaven, etc.
It all comes down to behavior ecology and I think it's scandalous that a supposed scholarly work exluded the most obvious direction for the history of god.
drew hempel, M.A.
b.J. posts on 1/2/2006 3:08:53 PM
The fourfold faith is something Karen armstrong wrote about in her book about The Buddha. It is about the Buddhist way to Nirvana. Karen Armstrong,I don't think , will write a novel. Her field is critiquing religions. She wrote a preface for the series of books on religions for a major publisher who you can find on the web.
ksaparvez posts on 12/29/2005 10:13:02 AM
Iam about to finish K.A's work The Battle for God and I've become her fan. I am doing a piece of work on history of christianity, I would appreciate if miss KA or someone could reccomend the best 10 books on the subject.
Deirdre posts on 12/29/2005 9:05:11 AM
Words cannot express the gratitude, appreciation, thanks and compassion I feel for Karen Armstrong. Reading "Through the Narrow Gate" and "The Spiral Staircase," I've discovered a kindred spirit whose voice beautifully sums up the way I feel about religious issues and spirituality and who validates my questioning and challenging of my own Catholic "faith." I wish I could give her a big hug, and would love the opportunity to ask her a few direct questions. If there's any way possible for someone to provide another means of contacting her aside from this message board, I would very much appreciate an e-mail or postal address that leads directly to her.
David posts on 11/23/2005 8:55:27 PM
I'm working on a graduate project and was hoping I could find out if Karen Armstrong offers any specific definition of 'fundamentalism' or criterion for being a fundamentalist that encompasses the term as used today. David
Sylvia H gUBERNICK posts on 11/2/2005 12:56:45 AM
mS. Armstrong When can we expect a new book?
KT posts on 10/13/2005 2:31:09 PM
I recommend The Narrow Gate to start. You'll get some background on who Karen Armstrong is, and then follow this with The Spiral Staircase. A History of God is a great one to begin with as well.
Zeke Steiner posts on 10/12/2005 7:16:28 PM
What is the best book to start off with? Zeke Steiner
K. Thornton posts on 9/2/2005 12:09:18 PM
Mary: I think we'd all be interested in seeing this document or knowing where to find it. I'm not doubting its validity. The books I've read by Karen Armstrong so far have deepened my interest in the monotheistic religions, and I would welcome any more knowledge that the participants on this board find enlightening.
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