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Religion For Life
Religion, Social Justice, Public Life.
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Religion For Life is an exciting program that engages listeners in a subject few media hosts are able to discuss--religion. Religion is too important a topic to be left alone and too controversial to be left to the zealots. People do want to hear i ...more
Religion For Life is an exciting program that engages listeners in a subject few media hosts are able to discuss--religion. Religion is too important a topic to be left alone and too controversial to be left to the zealots. People do want to hear intelligent programs about religion as it relates to politics, sexuality, science and more. Religion For Life is a half hour program that explores the intersection of religion, social justice, and public life from an educational point of view.
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I am the minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tennessee, a progressive community. www.fpcelizabethton.org


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April 10, 2014 09:54 AM PDT

Religion needs an upgrade.   Galen Guengerich, senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in New York City has authored a book to help religion on its evolving journey.  God Revised:  How Religion Must Evolve in A Scientific Age engages the question of God.    How to speak of God beyond supernatural theism.

April 03, 2014 09:37 AM PDT

This week I speak with the executive director of the Campaign for Southern Equality (FacebookTwitter),  Jasmine Beach-Ferrara, and with Joe Hoffman, the senior minister of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Asheville, North Carolina.   The campaign works for full equality for LGBT people across the South. Jasmine writes for Huffington Post and is the author of a collection of short stories called, Damn Love!

March 27, 2014 10:15 AM PDT

This week we explore what it means to be Amish from the perspective of a woman who left the Amish community as a young woman.  Saloma Miller Furlong is the author of Why I Left the Amish and Bonnet Strings:  An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds.   Through her personal experience of leaving the Amish we touch on the universal experience of being torn between the demands of personal authenticity and communal expectations.

March 20, 2014 10:44 AM PDT

What does changing diapers have to do with the Kingdom of God?  Plenty actually!  Andrew Taylor-Troutman, pastor of New Dublin Presbyterian Church in Dublin, Virginia, is the author of Parables of Parenthood:  Interpreting the Gospels with Family. Andrew returns to Religion For Life to discuss how the parables of Jesus are about real life that includes the wants and needs of a one year old.   When considered with head and heart both parables and parenting may surprise us into the Kingdom of God.

March 13, 2014 03:24 AM PDT

Is there a connection between patriarchal religion and gender inequality?  P.J. (Paula) Fisk speaks with me about her journey from a patriarchal religion and "the plight of the female in a predominant male system of religion."   She is the author of If God Is My Father, Who Is My Mother?  A Spiritual Journey.    Her journey will inspire others to think for themselves and find their truth.

March 06, 2014 09:46 AM PST

Howard ZehrDistinguished Professor of Restorative Justice at Eastern Mennonite University is known as the "Grandfather of Restorative Justice."   He is the author of several books including, Changing Lenses:  A New Focus for Crime and Justice (Amazon), and The Little Book of Restorative Justice (Amazon).  He spoke to me about restorative justice and the criminal justice system.

February 27, 2014 10:56 AM PST

Marcion is considered the "arch-heretic" of Christianity.  He was said by an ancient critic to have "gnawed" scripture.   He was the first to create a canon of scripture consisting of a version of Luke's Gospel and eleven letters of Paul.   Professor Jason BeDuhn of Northern Arizona University has reconstructed this text and in doing so provides insight into the development of early Christianity.   He is the author of The First New Testament: Marcion's Scriptural Canon.


February 20, 2014 01:07 PM PST

I continue my series on early Christian history.  The New Testament writing, Acts of the Apostles, has functioned as the earliest history of the church.   But at most, it is "idealized history."   Shelly Matthews of Brite Divinity School speaks about the rhetorical strategy of Acts in her new book, The Acts of the Apostles:  Taming the Tongues of Fire (Amazon).  She speaks with me on Religion For Life about how the author of Acts idealized Paul and tamed the egalitarian Jesus movement to make it more palatable to the elite reader.

February 14, 2014 09:13 AM PST

We speak casually of "the Bible" and of "God" as if those words refer to specific entities that have a common definition.    Stewart Harris, professor of law at Appalachian School of Law and the host of Your Weekly Constitutional (websitepodcastFacebook pageTwitter feed), argues that, particularly in a legal setting, this imprecision can lead to huge problems in regards to religion and public life.   Join us for a fascinating discussion about bible, god, and law.

February 06, 2014 06:59 AM PST

Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas and the author of We Are All Apocalyptic Now:  On the Responsibilities of Teaching, Preaching, Reporting, Writing, and Speaking Out.    He spoke candidly with me about the meaning of apocalypse (an unveiling) and the need to say what we see in regards to economics, ecology, violence, and our future.

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