SINGAPORE: Not politics, not secularism and not even extremism. Religion's biggest enemies in today's world are unkindness, selfishness and heedlessness, according to reknowned author and historian, Karen Armstrong. The 74-year-old former Catholic nun turned author and historian was in Singapore for the inaugural International Conference on Cohesive Societies (ICCS) in Singapore last week, when she spoke to CNA on her take on the state of religion and societies in the world today. With an impressive oeuvre translated into more than 40 languages, Armstrong has endeavored to explain and defend religion against the voices that challenge its place in society and question its relevance. Born in Britain, the Irish author spent seven years as a nun before she left the church in a state of disenchantment. She thought she had "had it with religion", as she described that juncture in her life in a landmark speech at a TED conference in 2008. Armstrong would go on to author acclaimed books such as The History of God, Fields of Blood, The Case for God and more recently, The Lost Art of Scripture. "I see religion as a kind of art form. Art gives us a sense of meaning and religion expresses itself in terms… Read full this story
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