"Every fundamentalist movement I've studied in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut, visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion."
"You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty."Karen Armstrong on Mahatma Gandhi
"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."Karen Armstrong on Robert A. Heinlein
"It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society."Karen Armstrong on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both."Karen Armstrong on Dwight D. Eisenhower
"There is more to life than increasing its speed."Karen Armstrong on Mahatma Gandhi
"We have domesticated God's transcendence. We often learn about God at about the same time as we are learning about Santa Claus but our ideas about Santa Claus change, mature and become more nuanced, whereas our ideas of God can remain at a rather infantile level."
"Islam is a religion of success. Unlike Christianity, which has as its main image, in the west at least, a man dying in a devastating, disgraceful, helpless death."
"When violence becomes imbedded in a region, then this affects everything. It affects your dreams, your fantasies and relationships, and your religion becomes violent, too."
"Mohammed was not an apparent failure. He was a dazzling success, politically as well as spiritually, and Islam went from strength to strength to strength."
"Ever since the Crusades, when Christians from western Europe were fighting holy wars against Muslims in the near east, western people have often perceived Islam as a violent and intolerant faith - even though when this prejudice took root Islam had a better record of tolerance than Christianity."
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