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"An admirable and impressive work of synthesis that will give insight and satisfaction to thousands of lay readers." THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD In this stunningly intelligent book, Karen Armstrong, one of Britain's foremost commentators on…

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Karen Armstrong explains how to practise the religion of compassion that her last books have preached. In November 2009 Armstrong and TED launched The Charter of Compassion, which states that "We call upon all men and women to restore compassion to the centre of…

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The moving story of her own search for God by the highly-acclaimed author of the bestselling A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam ; The Battle for God: A History of Fundamentalism ; and Islam: A Short History . In 1969, after…

The Case For God

by Karen Armstrong

|September 7, 2010

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From the bestselling author of A History of God and The Great Transformation comes a balanced, nuanced understanding of the role religion plays in human life and the trajectory of faith in modern times. Why has God become incredible? Why is it that atheists and…

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No religion in the modern world is as feared and misunderstood as Islam. It haunts the popular imagination as an extreme faith that promotes terrorism, authoritarian government, female oppression, and civil war. In a vital revision of this narrow view of Islam…

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From one of the world’s leading writers on religion and the highly acclaimed author of the bestselling A History of God , The Battle for God and The Spiral Staircase , comes a major new work: a chronicle of one of the most important intellectual revolutions…

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From the renowned and bestselling author of A History of God , a sweeping exploration of religion's connection to violence.      In these troubled times, we risk basing decisions of real and dangerous consequence on mistaken…

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The Bible is the most read book in history. It has been translated into more than two thousand languages and sold at least six billion copies in the last two hundred years alone. Made up of sixty-six "books" divided into two Testaments, this complex and communal…

Buddha

by Karen Armstrong

|September 28, 2004

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With such bestsellers as A History of God and Islam , Karen Armstrong has consistently delivered ?penetrating, readable, and prescient? ( The New York Times ) works that have lucidly engaged a wide range of religions and religious issues. In Buddha she turns to a…

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The mystics of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries were, writes Karen Armstrong, like "the astronauts of our own day.  They broke into a new religion, blazed a new trail to God and to the depths of the self, a trail far from the beaten pilgrimage…

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Available in Canada for the first time since its initial publication in 1981, this is acclaimed author Karen Armstrong’s classic memoir of her life as a young woman in a convent — the precursor to the bestseller The Spiral Staircase . Through the…

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"SPLENDID . . . Eminently sane and patient . . . Essential reading for Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike." --The Washington Post Venerated for millennia by three faiths, torn by irreconcilable conflict, conquered, rebuilt, and mourned for again and…