Why has the modern God become incredible? Has God a future in this age of aggressive scientific rationalism? Karen Armstrong suggests that if we draw creatively on the insights of the past, we can build a faith that speaks to the needs of our troubled and dangerously polarised world. Answering the ‘new atheists’ such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, she argues that faith still has a fundamental role in the modern world. This is an essential session for our times.
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Karen Armstrong is one of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun in the 1960s, but then left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne’s College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. She is a best-selling author of over 15 books, including A History of God, The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, Buddha, and The Bible: The Biography, and she is a passionate campaigner for religious liberty.
Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and the Senate, participated in the World Economic Forum and has been awarded the Franklin J. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal for her work on religious liberty and a TED prize.
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