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Karen Armstrong

Datum narození: 14. listopad 1944
Další jména: Karen Armstrongová

Karen Armstrong je anglická spisovatelka a komentátorka Bible.

„Sobectví je nejvážnější překážkou zažívání absolutní a posvátné skutečnosti. - Buddha“

„Osobnost je proces. -Buddha“

„Zřídkakdy posuzujeme předmět nebo myšlenku takové, jaké opravdu jsou, protože jsou nasycené osobními asociacemi, které je okamžitě zkreslují a znemožňují nám vidět je objektivně. - Buddha“

„Touha a její průvodní jev nenávist jsou tedy společnou příčinou většiny neštěstí a zla ve světě. Na jedné straně nás touha nutí něco "popadnout" nebo "viset" na věcech, které nám nemohou přinést trvalé uspokojení. Na druhé straně způsobuje naši neustálou nespokojenost se současnou situací. - Buddha“

„Archetyp a jeho pozemská kopie jsou neoddělitelně spojeny jako gin a tonik v koktejlu.“

„....všichni noví ateisté ztotožňují víru s pověrčivostí.“

„Nedokážeme si vlastně představit život, v němž se sobectví v žádné formě nevyskytuje. To však neznamená, že je takový život nemožný. - Buddha“

„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. But if your notion of God made you unkind, belligerent, cruel, of self-righteous, or if it led you to kill in God's name, it was bad theology.“ The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

„Geniuses are not always pleasant people.“

„A God who kept tinkering with the universe was absurd; a God
who interfered with human freedom and creativity was a tyrant. If God is
seen as a self in a world of his own, an ego that
relates to a thought, a cause separate from its effect, he becomes a
being, not Being itself. An omnipotent, all‐knowing tyrant is not so
different from earthly dictators who make everything and
everybody mere cogs in the machine which they controlled. An atheism
that rejects such a God is amply justified.“

„If it is not tempered by compassion, and empathy, reason can lead men and women into a moral void. (95)“ Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life

„Religion is not about accepting twenty impossible propositions before breakfast, but about doing things that change you. It is a moral aesthetic, an ethical alchemy. If you behave in a certain way, you will be transformed. The myths and laws of religion are not true because they they conform to some metaphysical, scientific or historical reality but because they are life enhancing. They tell you how human nature functions, but you will not discover their truth unless you apply these myths and doctrines to your own life and put them into practice.“ The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

„I discovered that I felt at home and alive in the silence, which compelled me to enter my interior world and around there. Without the distraction of constant conversation, the words on the page began to speak directly to my inner self. They were no long expressing ideas that were simply interesting intellectually, but were talking directly to my own yearning and perplexity.“ The Spiral Staircase: My Climb Out of Darkness

„Far from being the father of jihad, [Prophet] Mohammad was a peacemaker, who risked his life and nearly lost the loyalty of his closest companions because he was determined to effect a reconciliation with Mecca“ Muhammad

„Look into your own heart, discover what it is that gives you pain and then refuse, under any circumstance whatsoever, to inflict that pain on anybody else.“

„A personalized God can be a mere idol carved in our own image- a projection of our limited needs, fears, and desires. We can assume that he loves what we love and hates what we hate, endorsing our prejudices instead of compelling us to transcend them. When he seems to fail to prevent a catastrophe or seems even to desire a tragedy, he can seem callous and cruel. A facile belief that a disaster is the will of God can make us accept things that are fundamentally unacceptable. The very fact, as a person, God has a gender is also limiting: It means that the sexuality of half the human race is sacralized at the expense of the female and can lead to neurotic and inadequate imbalance in human sexual mores. A personal God can be dangerous, therefore. Instead of pulling us beyond our limitations, “he” can encourage us to remain complacently within them; “he” can make us cruel, callous, self-satisfied and partial as “he” seems to be. Instead of inspiring the compassion that should characterize all advanced religions, “he” can encourage us to judge, condemn, and marginalize.“

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