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"The Battle for God" to be discussed at NMSU

"The Battle for God" will be discussed by world-renowned religious thinker Karen Armstrong at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18, at New Mexico State University's Corbett Center Ballrooms.

ng's presentation is part of the University Speakers Series, which brings prominent speakers to Las Cruces. No tickets are required and admission is free.

Armstrong has been called one of the most provocative, original and inclusive thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world.

"Her work is relevant to a world torn by religious conflict," said William Eamon, director of the Honors College. "Religion is at the root of many political and military conflicts. We need a better understanding of the role religion plays in the modern world."

Armstrong is a former Roman Catholic nun and instructor at London's Leo Baeck College for the Training of Rabbis. She is the author of the international best selling book "The History of God." Other books from Armstrong include "The Gospel According to Women," "Holy War" and "The Battle for God: Fundamentalism in Judaism, Christianity and Islam."

Eamon said Armstrong is well respected on the history of many religions. Her books have always been popular, but have become even more so in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

The University Speakers Series, presented each year by the Honors College and the Office of the Provost, strives to bring to Las Cruces distinguished lecturers who will appeal to a broad community audience. Previous speakers have included environmental attorney Robert Kennedy Jr., Native American author N. Scott Momaday, neurologist Oliver Sacks, primatologist Jane Goodall and social activist Gloria Steinem.

For more information call the Honors Program at 505-646-2005.