"Because I do not hope to turn again, Let these words answer, For what is done, not to be done again..." Hear audio of poet T.S. Eliot reading his poem, a favorite of Krista's guest Karen Armstrong.
Karen Armstrong speaks about her progression from a disillusioned and damaged young nun into, in her words, a "freelance monotheist." She's a formidable thinker and scholar, but as a theologian she calls herself an amateur — noting that the Latin root of the word "amateur" means a love of one's subject. Seven years in a strict religious order nearly snuffed out her ability to think about faith at all. Here, we hear the story behind Armstrong's developing ideas about God.
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Preparing for this program was like putting lighting in a bottle. Armstrong travels the world, writes voluminously, and continually develops her ideas. Video of her TED Talk helped us mind the gap.
Krista's conversation with Le Pichon draws connections to Karl Jaspers and Karen Armstrong.
A request for a dining recommendation leads to unexpected relevance with this program.
A reflection on the priesthood from Jesuit Fr. Guy Consolmagno.
Karen Armstrong prefers Hillel's version; Adele Diamond prefers Jesus' variation. Both take away a call to action. Hear them both.
A "linguistic resurrection" you ask? Krista’s presentation at the United Nations was featured on TED.com! Krista's TEDTalk presents ways in which we can ground + humanize the word "compassion" by using language more fully and by looking to people who exemplify this aspiration. Watch and share what your ideas.
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