An urgent review of the use and abuse of holy texts in today's world - and a call for understanding and compassion at a time when religion is viewed as a source of conflict.
Karen Armstrong is one of the world's leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, but left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne's College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full time writer and broadcaster. She is a best-selling author of over 16 books. A passionate campaigner for religious liberty, Armstrong has addressed members of the United States Congress and participated in the World Economic Forum. In 2013 she recieved the British Academy's inaugural Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for improving transcultural understanding.
"'Karen Armstrong has written an amazingly wide-ranging book,
showing that the world's religious texts can be a force for good
today, rather than a cause of conflict. The scale of her knowledge
never ceases to astonish'" -- John Barton, author of A History of
"A triumph... Karen Armstrong is one of our great commentators on the sacred. In this book she explores the sacred texts with a scholar's eye and an illuminating clarity suggesting how much their wisdom and lasting power are still needed today" -- Salley Vickers
"[The Lost Art of Scripture] takes us on a glorious journey... Armstrong is the most articulate and generous-hearted exegete of religion writing in English at the present time" -- AN Wilson * New Statesman *
"Rich and wide-ranging... [The Lost Art of Scripture] makes a fascinating read... a treasure chest of social and religious history. Armstrong's lucid prose makes her many-stranded story remarkably straightforward to follow... a learned and stimulating book" -- Teresa Morgan * Tablet *
"The Lost Art of Scripture... exhibits [Armstrong's] well-known and admired characteristics as a writer: an ability to be both authoritative on all the major faiths...a reasoned insistence that religion today is misunderstood, as much by the religious as by their critics; and a passionate appeal to our fractious and fractured world to embrace religion's core message...compassion and respect for others" -- Peter Stanford * Sunday Times *