Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Quote of The Day

A lot of religious people prefer 'being right' over 'being compassionate'.

- Karen Armstrong
during her TED talk, A Charter For Compassion.

If you enjoy books about spiritual journey then I highly recommend Karen's book Through The Narrow Gate. It details her personal struggles with her vocation and reconciling the demands of the religious life (pre Vatican II) with her faith. It also chronicles her return to secular life during the 60's at Oxford and the resulting culture shock. The follow up book, The Spiral Staircase:My Climb Out of Darkness continues the story of her journey. I found the second book to be sad. It is the story of disillusionment and the movement away from personal faith to a detached scholarly study of religion.

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