Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Karen Armstrong on Night Waves

Night Waves and Isobel Hinton on Radio 3 interviews Karen Armstrong (shortly) about her new book: The Case for God (to be published in September).

Introducing her as "one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs" (is this a diplomatic way of saying that she isn't an academic?) the programme summarizes her book: Armstrong argues that religion today has become tainted by an overly scientific emphasis on belief and evidence, and that we need to rediscover a forgotten religious tradition which privileges ritual and practice.

John Crace in the Guardian has his own take. Its clear the new book is intended as a riposte to Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. Karen Armstrong says that we need to revisit the reductionistic language of some modern theology: God is best described in apophatic language and religious truth is derived from practice and practical compassion. In fact we enjoy unknowing.

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