Sacred Nature - Karen Armstrong
Part of the University of Sheffield's "God and the Good" series
Karen Armstrong is one of the world’s leading commentators on religious affairs. She spent seven years as a Roman Catholic nun, but left her teaching order in 1969 to read English at St Anne’s College, Oxford. In 1982, she became a full-time writer and broadcaster.
In this talk, Karen Armstrong addresses the gravity of climate change and the need to change our attitude to nature, a challenge as we no longer regard the natural world as sacred. The talk examines a number of ways in which we can relate to the natural world at a deeper level by adopting attitudes that were assiduously cultivated in the religious traditions of China, India, Greece, and, interestingly, Islam, which has a much stronger emphasis on the sacrality of nature than the other two monotheisms.
It is not a question of changing beliefs, but of adopting practices that will change our minds and hearts.
Karen Armstrong, religious commentator
Henk de Berg, School of Languages and Cultures
Robert Stern, Department of Philosophy