Karen Armstrong is a fascinating individual. In 1962, while still in her teens, she became a member of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus and remained there as a nun until she left the order in 1969 and started studying at Oxford. As an English professor in 1982 she wrote a biography of her time as a nun and soon after embarked on a career as an independent author on Comparative Religions. She writes mostly books that attempt to investigate the historical foundations of Christianity.
This book was very informative. I felt like a really learned something about the creation of the three “major” religions.
However, this is an incredibly dense book and you should maybe have at least a passing knowledge about this topic before you start. It took me a really long time to get through because I kept leaving it to read lighter books and coming back to it. I felt, in the end, that I had a clearer understanding of the worlds different religions and how they came to be. Although I don’t attend church I consider myself marginally religious and I am fascinated by religions and their histories.
Both amazing good and terrible bad has been done in the name of “God” around the world, and I find it comforting to know that there are people like Karen Armstrong in the world, arguing for peace and compassion.
I would still recommend this book (or any book by Karen Armstrong) to anyone who would like a more in-depth look at religion.