What happened yesterday morning was that I caught a bit on the radio on my way into work. They were interviewing a lady called Karen Armstrong who has written a book called Spiral staircase (which I’m probably going to buy some point). She was talking about having to
go from living as a nun in a convent to back out in the real world, and she sounded very calm and with some real wisdom-from-experience. Particulary about faith, and belief, and history and concepts. Shame I only caught a few minutes!
I found a good article online, and although I always feel a bit naseous anytime I see something headed with “september 11th” and big american flags, thats not really what the article is about. It’s actually a nice collaboration of different ideas, with lots of informative history and cultural info.. I haven’t read much of it yet because I think it deserves to be printed out and read with a cup of tea and a biscuit.
In this lecture Karen Armstrong, a celebrated writer on the world’s religions, argues that what is needed after Sept. 11 is a “spiritual revolution,” a “new faith,” and that most crises in the modern world can be traced to the loss of a sense of sacredness. In an erudite, wide-ranging account of the spiritual reckoning after Sept. 11, Armstrong draws on texts and anecdotes from ancient literature and from several of the world’s major religious traditions — Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, Sufism, and Confucianism.
One day I hope to be able to lecture like this lady