Karen Armstrong

Early Life and Childhood

Karen Armstrong was born on November 14, 1944 in Wildmoor, Worcestershire. Between the ages of seventeen and eighteen Armstrong became a member of the Sisters of the Holy Child Jesus. There she learned a lot about herself and religion which can be seen in her later writings and teachings. Armstrong studied English and Literature at St. Anne's College in Oxford, and later taught modern literature at the University of London.


Throughout Armstrong's career, she has written and published over twenty different books that are based on faith and different religions. Several of these books also include stories and teachings that she learned during her years spent as a Sister of the Holy Child Jesus. Armstrong's teachings and books has taught her audiences many different values and ideas of feminist culture and feminist views of religion throughout the past several years. In 2008, Armstrong became the proud receiver of the TED Prize.

Armstrong's Feminists Views

Armstrong is unique, compared to other feminists in past and present societies in that Armstrong's ideas are mainly religion based. It has been said that Armstrong is "a prominent and prolific religious historian." Armstrong's thoughts and ideas are valued in todays society because of the many different opportunities and experiences Armstrong has encountered through her life and how she has adapted these lessons into her teachings.


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