"Mythology and science both extend the scope of human beings. Like science and technology, mythology, as we shall see, is not about opting out of this world, but about enabling us to live more intensely within it."
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former."Karen Armstrong on Albert Einstein
"Our scientific power has outrun our spiritual power. We have guided missiles and misguided men."Karen Armstrong on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"Science investigates religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge which is power religion gives man wisdom which is control."Karen Armstrong on Martin Luther King, Jr.
"No amount of experimentation can ever prove me right a single experiment can prove me wrong."Karen Armstrong on Albert Einstein
"Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss."Karen Armstrong on Ralph Waldo Emerson
"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."