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How do religions manage to change their mind?

Medieval thinkers such as St Thomas Aquinas or Maimonides would be astonished at the way we read, preach and pray today, says author Karen Armstrong.

“We’ve tended to lose older, sometimes more intuitive patterns of thought,” she says.

“They would see some of the ways we talk about God as remarkably simplistic.

“We are reading our scriptures with a literalness which is without parallel in the history of religion, largely because of this rational bias of ours.”

The BBC looks at how religions change their minds.

I find it very strange that people feel the need to look deeply into their own religions to justify changes they can plainly see need to be made.

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