Karen Armstrong will deliver the 2002 Francis Greenwood Peabody lecture at the Memorial Church, on Saturday, April 13, at 10:30 a.m. The title of her talk is “Faith After Sept. 11th.” A prolific writer and well-known commentator on religious matters, Armstrong is the best-selling author of “A History of God: The 4,000-Year Quest of Judaism, Christianity and Islam,” “A Short History of Islam,” and “The Buddha.” Last spring, Armstrong delivered the Paul Tillich Lecture on the topic “The Search for the Sacred” at the Memorial Church.
A former nun who left her religious order in 1969, Armstrong studied English literature at Oxford University where she received an M.A. and M.Litt. After teaching at the University of London, she became a full-time writer, radio commentator, and television filmmaker. She now teaches at Leo Baeck College, London, where she is a lecturer in comparative religion.
Armstrong is most renowned for her internationally acclaimed best-seller, “A History of God.” This book has been followed by two equally learned and intellectually challenging studies, “Jerusalem: One City, Three Faiths” and “The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.”
In 1999, she received the Muslim Public Affairs Council Media award. Her books have been translated into more than 30 languages.