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Karen Armstrong observes that it sometimes seems that we are developing exactly the kind of religion that people such as the Buddha, Confucius, Laozi, Jesus and Muhammad wanted to get rid of. How, she asks, did the preoccupation with orthodoxy become so important in the Western Christian tradition? Confucian, Daoist, Hindu, Jain, Buddhist, Greek and monotheistic traditions were not much interested in metaphysics or theology, and each one of these faiths began in recoil from the violence of their time. They developed an ethic based on compassion and the Golden Rule, which they declared to be the essence of the spiritual quest. In a series of four, one and one half hour classes, she looks in detail at the implications of this conviction to see what it has to say to us in our conflicted world.

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Karen Armstrong is one of the most provocative, original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world. Formerly an instructor at London's prestigious Leo Baeck College for the Study of Judaism, she is author of the international best seller, The History of God. Armstrong is a former Roman Catholic nun who left the convent to pursue a degree in modern literature from Oxford University. She has since taught Modern Literature at London University and served as head of the English Department in a girls' secondary school. During 1983, Armstrong worked in the Middle East on a six-part TV series on the life and work of St. Paul, which was shown on Britain's Channel Four Television. Her other television work has included Varieties of Religious Experience (1984), in which she interviewed people of different faiths, Tongues of Fire (1985), in which she discussed religious poetry, and in 1996, the PBS series "Genesis: A Living Conversation," with Bill Moyers.

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  • Actors: Karen Armstrong
  • Directors: Karen Armstrong
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Studio: Polebridge Press
  • DVD Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000OXEP18
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,650 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. R. Yardley on July 21, 2007
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Karen has the valuable quality of being able to unwrap and explain complex ideas using ALL the tools given us by ALL the religions.Question time sees Karen at her best as she envelopes us in her warmth and enthusiasm as she answers. Cheers graeme
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