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Charlie Rose – Karen Armstrong

Great to see Karen Armstrong being so honest about being ‘a freelance monotheist’.

I’m reading her book now so I’m posting this for reference.

Obviously this is only one dimension of God, in ‘3rd person’, but it’s great to see this kind of god defended after the Dawkins and Hitchen roadshow.

Skip-forward 30mins to listen to her talk about her new book.

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  1. Really interesting! Armstrong’s particular theory comes through in her introduction to A Case for God. In my view, she comes very close to reducing religion to ethics, which is something liberal Protestantism has been criticized for doing. Take, for example, “God is love.” I interpret this as teaching that love is the source or basis of existence. Even though our acts of love (and feelings!…which Armstrong also discounts relative to conduct) involve “God is love” being actualized, there is also the sense irrespective of one’s conduct that existence itself is love. I take the transcendent wisdom of the latter to be just as important as conduct in religious terms. I’ve just posted a critique (http://deligentia.wordpress.com/2009/10/10/a-case-for-god/).

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