Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong is the author of numerous books on religion, including "Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life," "A History of God," "The Battle for God," "Through the Narrow Gate" and "The Spiral Staircase."

Stories by Karen Armstrong

Religion Gets a Bad Rap on Women. But There’s More to the Story

A closer look at the history of religion reveals a world where women were celebrated and revered.

From religious contemplation to activism

When I heard that I won the TED prize, which gives you a wish for a better world, I knew … Continued

Faith is not an eternal retirement plan

Q:What is your vision of heaven? What images – from Scripture, tradition, culture or your personal experience – best describe … Continued

The Hope of Sufism

Pakistan’s chief problems are political and need a political solution. But political malaise and conflict affects people emotionally, imaginatively, in … Continued

Prayer Helps Us Chip Away Our Egotism

A simple reminder of why prayer really is for us, and only us.

Original Egalitarian Order of Most Religions ‘Hijacked’ by Men

While negative attitudes towards women is not present in the birth of all religions, patriarchy has still managed to find its way.

Jesus Is a Call to Action

When the New Testament writers call Jesus “son of God”, they do so in a purely Jewish sense. In the … Continued

Christianity’s Record Not Blameless

At Regensburg Pope Benedict XVI, quoting the words of a Byzantine emperor, said that the message of Islam was evil … Continued

No One Can Have the Last Word on God

In ancient India, the priests used to hold a contest called the Brahmodya to find a verbal formula that expressed … Continued