“….the notion of God can also be used to prop up and inflate the ego….” // Karen Armstrong

By | 25th December 2017

“….the notion of God can also be used to prop up and inflate the ego….If we imagine God to be a being like ourselves writ large, with likes and dislikes similar to our own, it is all too easy to make ‘him’ endorse some of our most uncharitable, selfish and even lethal hopes, fears and prejudices.This limited God has thus contributed to some of the worst religious atrocities in history. The Buddha would have described belief in a deity who gives a seal of sacred approval to our own selves as ‘unskillful’; it could only embed the believer in the damaging and dangerous egotism that he or she was supposed to transcend.”

— Karen Armstrong (“Buddha”)

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