Karen Armstrong Golden Rule TED talk

Karen Armstrong — Religious Scholar and winner of the 2008 TED Prize — is a provocative, original thinker on the role of religion in the modern world.

In this compelling TED talk, Karen Armstrong, religious scholar, shares what she feels is the universal urgency spanning both the religious and nonreligious the world over, in adopting the ‘Golden Rule,’ aka, one should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself.

About Karen Armstrong and TED

Religious thinker Karen Armstrong has written more than 20 books on faith and the major religions, studying what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have in common, and how our faiths shaped world history and drive current events.

A former nun, Armstrong has written two books about this experience: Through the Narrow Gate, about her seven years in the convent, and The Spiral Staircase, about her subsequent spiritual awakening, when she developed her iconoclastic take on the major monotheistic religions — and on the strains of fundamentalism common to all. She is a powerful voice for ecumenical understanding.

Armstrong’s 2008 TED Prize wish asks us to help her assemble the Charter for Compassion, a document around which religious leaders can work together for peace. In late fall 2008, the first draft of the document was written by the world, via a sharing website. In February 2009, the words of the world were collected and given to the Council of Conscience, a gathering of religious leaders and thinkers, who crafted the final document. The Charter was launched in November 2009.

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