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Karen Armstrong is a prominent scholar of world religions. A former Catholic nun, she has authored numerous works on comparative religion, emphasizing the importance different faiths place on the virtue of compassion.
To expect to have faith before embarking on the disciplines of the spiritual life is like putting the cart before the horse. In all the great traditions, prophets, sages, and mystics spend very little time telling their disciples what they ought to believe. Indeed, it is only since the Enlightenment that faith has been defined as intellectual submission to a creed.