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Karen Armstrong

The Lost Art of Scripture

Karen Armstrong

Thursday, 2 April 2020

2:00pm

1 hour

Sheldonian Theatre

£7 - £15

Former Roman Catholic nun and one of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs Karen Armstrong argues for an open engagement with holy scriptures to counter the intolerance, arrogance and violence that many justify from a narrow reading of religious texts.

Armstrong says narrow reading of scripture – the Quran used to justify war and terrorism, the Torah to deny Palestinians the right to live in Israel and the Bible to condemn homosexuality and contraception – are a recent phenomenon. For hundreds of years these texts were seen as fluid and adaptable and as a means for the individual to connect with the divine. Armstrong says we will find scripture still has a lot to teach us if we engage with it in a meaningful and compassionate way.

Armstrong became a member of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus at the age of 18. She left the order after seven years while a student at Oxford. She went on to become a leading writer and broadcaster on religion. Her books include Religion, Fields of Blood and The Case for God.

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FT Weekend Title partner BBC World Service International radio partner Oxford Martin School Festival ideas partner Bodleian Libraries Festival cultural partner University of Oxford New College Jewish Book Week Partner of Jewish programme Italian Embassy Supporter of Italian programme Irish Embassy, London Supporters of the Irish programme MIT Press MIT Press. Sponsors of the programme of American literature and culture The Dorchester Hotels Collection Festival London hotel partner Blackwell’s Festival on-site and online bookseller Princeton University Press British Academy Festival academic partner Ian and Carol Sellars Emily Rose and James Marrow Lady Hatch Patron donor for the programme of Irish literature and culture George Warren Mary and Cecil Quillen Jesus College Worcester College Worcester College Lincoln College Lincoln College St Hilda’s College 11th St Hilda's day at the festival St Cross College St Cross College The Feathers Hotel Macdonald Bear Hotel Critchleys The Royal Society of Literature Royal Literary Fund Felicity Bryan Associates Oxford University Press Conference Oxford University of Oxford Mathematical Institute Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies University of Oxford Alumni Office Alumni Office Said Business School Bear Ram Elk Festival Digital Strategy & Web Design BBC Radio Oxford Local radio partner The Oxford Times Regional media partner Oxford Brookes University Oxford University Images Oxford University Images The Sheldonian Theatre Floris of London City Audio Visual Sloane Club British Humanist Association Schoolreaders Oxford City Council The Litmus Partnership K T Bruce Photography K T Bruce Photography OX magazine History of War All About History Steer Oxford Botanic Garden