As our name implies, Big Think asks experts to ponder large questions—but we rarely make them this large. Topics covered in our interview with comparative religion scholar Karen Armstrong included: "Who is God?";"What does religion accomplish?"; "Can faith and science be reconciled?" and "How can we die with dignity?"
In weighing these issues, the author of "The History of God" drew on a range of formative personal and intellectual influences, from Socrates and Rabbi Hillel the Elder to an elderly nun she knew during her time in a convent as a young woman. Throughout, her most consistent theme was the need for consistent practice of the "discipline of compassion," as exemplified by her newly launched international Charter for Compassion.
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It's one of the most consistent patterns in the unviverse. What causes it?
- Spinning discs are everywhere – just look at our solar system, the rings of Saturn, and all the spiral galaxies in the universe.
- Spinning discs are the result of two things: The force of gravity and a phenomenon in physics called the conservation of angular momentum.
- Gravity brings matter together; the closer the matter gets, the more it accelerates – much like an ice skater who spins faster and faster the closer their arms get to their body. Then, this spinning cloud collapses due to up and down and diagonal collisions that cancel each other out until the only motion they have in common is the spin – and voila: A flat disc.
Both panoramic and detailed, this infographic manages to show both the size and distribution of world religions.
- At a glance, this map shows both the size and distribution of world religions.
- See how religions mix at both national and regional level.
- There's one country in the Americas without a Christian majority – which?
Do you have a magnetic compass in your head?
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