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Kester Felix Strange posts on 5/25/2009 7:56:43 AM In your writing you refer to mystical experiences many times. Please make it known to the public if you have ever had such an experience of your own. Kester
Yana posts on 4/26/2009 10:26:09 AM Hello Ms Armstrong, is there any way I can contact you, as I'm seriously considering translating some of your books into my mother tongue. Looking forward to hearing from you. Regards, Yana
Lasni Silva posts on 4/3/2009 3:40:46 AM I just finished reading a condensed version of "through the narrow gate". To be honest I had not really heard about you before. So after reading it I thought I'd contact you and ask you about your opinion on buddhism, only to find out that you had already written a book on it:)I'm a buddhist, all the way from Sri Lanka. I think what they were trying to do at the convent had a lot of meaning behind it although it was carried out in a pretty disastrous manner. Being separated from the world, living a life of poverty and trying to detach yourself from things you like, especially using the word "our" instead of "mine" is something that is said in buddhism word by word. A completely different Christianity from what I have seen so far. And personally I saw a bit of myself in the story, given the situation, I think I would've reacted exactly the same way. I have not read "buddha" yet, but I fully intend to read it and comment as soon as my exams are over. Lots of best wishes and regards, Lasni.

Saadeddine Taleb-Ibrahimi posts on 3/30/2009 10:35:02 AM Ms. Armstrong: I am obviously mesmerized by your in-depth analysis about the Muslim world, and most importantly your fair and just assessment of Islam which is misconstrued, misrepresented, and misunderstood. It is further enlightening that the 03/16 positive interview about Islam came from a Westerner, and a woman! Kuddos to your insight. I am a "hybrid" Muslim living in the U.S. and like you, I am a bridge of possibilities, solutions, and hope between East and West. You can find me at Thank you. -- Saadeddine Taleb-Ibrahimi
Robert James posts on 3/16/2009 2:06:12 AM Just saw one of your interviews with Bill Moyers on PBS. A real delight to see you share your own humility and learning process. I think it is the most important part of growing to be vulnerable enough to say how we learn to recognize and accept the dark parts of ourselves and how through that we can slowly and perhaps collectively, quickly, transform the profane into the sacred. It is so true that we as humans are meaning making idolaters. It doesn't make us evil but it makes us capable of evil acts. Thank you so much for your work on uplifting and enlightening, Robert
michael oshaughnessy posts on 2/24/2009 11:19:25 AM Dear Ms. Armstrong, Like most of your contacts, I am a fan. I plan to be travelling in England this summer to a retreat at Gaia House in Devon and visitng friends in Winchester. I would consider it an honor to meet you at sometime if that is possible; however I presume you must get many such requests and have concerns for privacy etc. Most importantly, I would like for my 3 daughters (teenagers) to meet you to promote their continued curiosity in religion and spirituality. Please respond if this is possible or not. Thank you. With kindest regards, Michael O'Shaughnessy
CASTEL posts on 1/24/2009 3:43:13 AM I'm reading with great enthusiasm The Great Transformation. I'm struck by the relationship K Armstrong develops between violence and religion. René Girard is a very great and famous man who has written on Violence and Sacred, and has developed an impressive theory on violence being at the origin of sacrifice and religion (the mimetic theory or scapegoat theory). K Armstrong does not mention René Girard. I cannot imagine K Armstrong has not read or heard of him. Anyway I would be interested in knowing what K Armstrong thinks of René Girard, whether she agrees or not with his theory. Even if their approach is quite different, there are in my view some very similar analyses between K Armstrong and R Girard. Thanks
Joshua posts on 1/23/2009 3:52:05 AM To the best of my knowledge, Armstrong never completed her dissertation while pursuing a Ph.D. in literature. Perhaps I am mistaken in this belief or she has been awarded an honorary doctorate, but in none of her interviews has she been referred to formally as Dr. Armstrong. That said, academic titles do not serve as a yardstick for literary merit. I have enjoyed all of Armstrong's books even when I have disagreed with her claims and interpretations.
Leila posts on 1/22/2009 6:04:27 PM Hi Ms. Armstrong I am a student working on a research project on comparative religion between the three monotheistic religions and I would be extremely grateful if there was any way for you to be able to contact me or if there was any contact information so I could ask you a few questions. Please and Thank you very much.
Natalie posts on 1/10/2009 1:12:57 PM Is there anything readily available on the history of Abraham. I assume that a Christian would tell me what is in the Bible. A Jew would tell me what is in the Bible, and also the additional, and sometimes contradictory material in the midrashim and other writings. I have no idea of the Islam version of his life, women and children has anything in common with the other 2 versions.
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