The endless speculation about the next world is depriving you of a great experience in this one.
At the beginning of the twentieth century, every leading Muslim intellectual was in love with the west, and wanted their countries to look like Britain and France.
Religion is supposed to be about the loss of the ego, not about its eternal survival.
Karen Armstrong (born 1944) is an author on comparative religion. She has called for drawing up a Charter for Compassion, in the spirit of the Golden Rule, in order to foster global understanding and a more peaceful world. She was awarded the $100,000 TED Prize in February 2008. Signatories include the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson.