Karen Armstrong

Karen Armstrong, FRSL, OBE, is an English author and former Catholic nun who has written multiple books on the subject of comparative religions, particularly regarding the Abrahamic faiths of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. Post-9/11, she became an advocate for Muslims and has spoken in front of both the US Congress and the UN regarding religious issues. Upon winning the 2008 TED Prize, she used the opportunity to create the Charter for Compassion, a document around which religious leaders can work together to create peace.


Karen Armstrong: The Prophet Muhammad’s Compassion

On the Celebrate Mercy webcast, Karen Armstrong, best-selling British author and founder of the Charter for Compassion, discusses compassion in the Quran. This compassion was most exemplified in the Prophet Muhammad's life.

The Case for God

A nuanced exploration of the part that religion plays in human life, drawing on the insights of the past in order to build a faith that speaks to the needs of our dangerously polarized age.

Metaphysical Mistake

Confusion by Christians between belief and reason has created bad science and inept religion

If your understanding of the divine made you kinder, more empathetic, and impelled you to express sympathy in concrete acts of loving-kindness, this was good theology.


A documentary featuring interviews with 100 influential women from around the world.


Karen Armstrong: "The Biblical God Is a Starter Kit" | SuperSoul Sunday | Oprah Winfrey Network

World renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong spent seven years in a Roman Catholic convent searching for God. It wasn't until after she left that she found him. Watch as she reflects on her spiritual journey and find out why she says the Biblical God is only a starter kit to faith.

Islam: A Short History

Renowned religious scholar Karen Armstrong presents a concise and articulate history of Islam, the world's fastest growing faith.

The Myth of Religious Violence

The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple


Author Karen Armstrong's Thoughts on God

Best-selling author Karen Armstrong shares some thoughts on God with Minnesota Public Radio's Kerri Miller Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014 at the Fitzgerald Theater in downtown St. Paul, Minn. Armstrong's most recent book is "Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence.

The Bible: A Biography

As the single work at the heart of Christianity, the world’s largest organized religion, the Bible is the spiritual guide for one out of every three people in the world.