An Evening with Karen Armstrong: Book Discussion on “The Case for God”

6 10 2009

By: Karen Armstrong
When: Thursday, October 8, 2009 – 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Where: The Wortham Center – 501 Texas, Houston, Texas, USA

Abstract:

The Boniuk Center for Religious Tolerance is partnering with The Progressive Forum to bring Karen Armstrong to The Wortham Center on October 8, 2009 to discuss her latest book, “The Case for God”. There will be a book signing following the lecture and books will be available for purchase through Brazos Bookstore. Detailed Ticket information can be found at: http://www.progressiveforumhouston.org/.

Source: http://boniuk.rice.edu/Events.aspx?EventRecord=11877

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10 10 2009
A Free Spirit

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/).

10 10 2009
coexist101

The Case for God
What makes the best ‘case for God’ to a skeptic or non-believer, an open-minded seeker, and to a person of faith and Why?

1) The message of scripture?
2) The scientific evidence for an Intelligent Designer?
3) The ‘words’ that God has ‘spoken’ – Torah, Jesus, the Qur’an?
4) A compassionate lifestyle?
5) Personal, subjective experience?

— Karen Armstrong

http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/2009/10/the_case_for_god/all.html

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