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Saturday, February 20, 2010

featured speaker
Karen Armstrong
What is God? We went to the Parliament of the World's Religions in Barcelona and asked people from all major religions. Here's what they said. (Broadband only.)

Karen Armstrong's mega-bestselling bookA History of God revealed just about everything you'd want to know about God--with one possible exception: Does Armstrong, a former nun, believe in Him? Armstrong's answer is... well, not as direct as you might hope. She says she doesn't like to talk about belief. Yet the more she talks, the clearer it becomes that she actually does believe in... something. And if it isn't the anthropomorphic God found in much ancient scripture, Armstrong says this more modern-sounding conception of the divine does nonetheless go back to ancient times. In her latest book, The Great Transformation, she traces it to a burst of enlightenment during the "axial age," in the first millennium BCE.