For the first time in history, people are beginning to adopt the religion of other cultures or are finding inspiration in more than one faith. Thus, Buddhism is enjoying a great flowering in the West at present; Jesuit priests are studying meditation from Zen practitioners; Christians have been profoundly influenced by the thought and spirituality of the Jewish philosopher and theologian Martin Buber; and the great classics of religious literature have been ably translated and are easily accessible. The effect of this change could be profound: It has been compared to the revolution that science produced in the consciousness of men and women during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. We shall never be able to look at either our own or other people's religions in quite the same way again.

Karen Armstrong, Visions of God