The thing that struck me most about the interview was how it changed the perception of Armstrong that I had from reading the first part of her book, "A History of God." Her credibility was never in doubt, but after reading the first chunk of her book it seemed pretty mechanical. I got the feeling that although there was a lot of information there it read a lot like a history book. There was a wealth of information and it was obvious a lot of work went into it but it didn't have a very human feel. Listening to the interview greatly changed the way I look at her and reading the remainder of her book.
Armstrong included a lot of her background in the introduction of the book. She shares the path she took up to writing the book. Reading from the book it didn't have the same impact as hearing her explain it. Once again, her explanation from the book was a little mechanical. When she described her religious background during the interview she talked much more about her emotions and the frustration she had with religion. Hearing her lay out the frustration and disappointment of her time as a nun was fascinating. The same is true when she explains the impact that rejecting her faith had on her. I really found it interesting when she explained how she had many misconceptions of Judaism and very little knowledge about Islam. All of this helped expand on the introduction to "A History of God" set up the remainder of the book. Now the rest of the book has a link to her and her journey from being an unhappy nun to rejecting religion, to becoming an expert on the three major monotheistic religions and I am much more interested in continuing it.
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