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Religion For Life
Religion, Social Justice, Public Life.
Category: Religion & Spirituality
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.
I am the minister of the First Presbyterian Church of Elizabethton, Tennessee, a progressive community.

by John Shuck
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July 24, 2014 07:03 AM PDT

I continue my conversation about the Book of Acts.   This week I speak with Dennis Smith, New Testament Professor at Phillips Theological Seminary, chair of the Acts Seminar and co-editor of Acts and Christian Beginnings:  The Acts Seminar Report.   The Acts Seminar spent ten years analyzing the Book of Acts from an historical perspective.   They made some important conclusions.  Here is a top ten list!   Bottom line:  Acts is a second-century myth of Christian origins.  They are ready to shake up scholarship and they invite critical response.

July 17, 2014 07:08 AM PDT

Is the Book of Acts in the New Testament history or myth?  For the next two weeks I speak with the two co-chairs of the Acts Seminar, Joseph Tyson and Dennis Smith. For ten years the Westar Institute has evaluated the historicity of the Book of Acts. They have produced Acts and Christian Beginnings: The Acts Seminar Report.  They have made some important conclusions. Here is a top ten list. This week I speak with Dr. Tyson of Southern Methodist University about his take on Acts and the Acts Seminar.

July 10, 2014 05:44 AM PDT

Charles "Chuck" Shingledecker cares about religion and about matters of faith.  He cares so much that he is willing to engage in the honest searching tradition of apophatic theology.  The fruit of this search is his book, Freedom to Doubt.   He puts his inquiring mind to work doubting biblical stories and theological doctrines and shows that doubt, not fear, is the beginning of wisdom.

July 03, 2014 11:20 AM PDT

Fed up with the arrogance, intolerance, and absolutism of religion? Rev. Martin Thielen, pastor of the Cookeville United Methodist Church in Cookeville, Tennessee is too.   But he says that is not what religion has to be.  He makes the case for good religion in his latest book, The Answer to Bad Religion is Not No Religion:  A Guide to Good Religion for Seekers, Skeptics, and Believers.  Join us for a candid conversation about religion, good and bad!

June 26, 2014 04:00 AM PDT

Why is the South so religious?   Why is it the Bible Belt?  Do begin to answer that complex question we need to go back to Colonial times before the First Great Awakening.  Dr. Thomas Little is associate professor of history at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia and the author of The Origins of Southern Evangelicalism:  Religious Revivalism in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1760.   He spoke with me about the early history of religious revival in the South.

June 10, 2014 02:10 PM PDT

Dr. Blaine Schubert is the Director of the ETSU Museum of Natural History and Gray Fossil Site (FacebookTwitter) and Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at East Tennessee State University.    We participated in a panel for Darwin Day earlier this year.  I invited him to speak with me on Religion For Life.  We discussed caves, the Cave Paleontology Program at ETSU, the fossil site and natural history museum at Gray, the importance of science education, evolution, Richard Dawkins, and spirituality!

May 16, 2014 02:59 AM PDT

In this fourth of my four-part series on Israel/Palestine I speak with Rabbi Brant Rosen of Jewish Voices for Peace.   The actions of Israel against Gaza in 2008 caused in him a change of heart which in turn made him revisit what Israel means to him.  He chronicled this change in his blog Shalom Rav.  This series of blog posts and comments became his book, Wrestling in the Daylight:  A Rabbi's Path to Palestinian Solidarity.  He discusses that book and why as a Jew he needs to stand in solidarity with Palestinians.

May 16, 2014 02:39 AM PDT

This is the third of my four-part series on Israel/Palestine.  I continue my conversation with Rachel Fish, Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israeli Studies at Brandeis University.  She speaks about Zionism Unsettled, the BDS movement, and defends the ideal of Israel as a Jewish state.

May 29, 2014 09:00 AM PDT

In the second of my four-part series on Israel/Palestine, I speak with Jonathan Kuttab of the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center.   He is a human rights attorney and Palestinian Christian.  He spoke to me about the Palestinian experience under Israeli occupation, the BDS movement, and Zionism Unsettled.   This is his keynote address to Friends of Sabeel in April 2013.

May 22, 2014 09:00 AM PDT

Rachel Fish is Associate Director of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.   She is an educator and consultant and teaches about Zionism and Israeli history.   In this first of four broadcasts on Israel/Palestine she discusses the work of the Schusterman Center, her Ph. D. thesis on the history of Bi-Nationalism, and the history of Zionism.

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