Religion

Evolution vs. Intelligent Design

April 18, 2001

The theory of evolution has been challenged by people who believe for religious reasons that the creatures of the earth were made, not evolved. Today another group is challenging evolutionary science. They say evolution isn't a...

Ann Wroe: "Pontius Pilate" (Random House/Modern Library)

April 10, 2001

Pontius Pilate, the Roman governor who sentenced Jesus to death, is one of Christianity's most significant figures -- yet very little is known about who he really was. Journalist and historian Ann Wroe's latest book tells of Pilate's life...

Bruce Feiler: "Walking the Bible: A Journey by Land through the Five Books of Moses" (Morrow)

April 5, 2001

Journalist Bruce Feiler, a self-described "explainaholic," spent two years in the Middle East, visiting the places written about in the Bible, and talking to the people living there today. He writes about the experience in his new...

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

March 21, 2001

They were once called Mormons, but members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints say the label is a misnomer for a church that has changed drastically since the days of polygamy and other practices commonly associated with the...

Lucy Kaylin: "For the Love of God" (William Morrow)

January 10, 2001

The role of the American nun has changed dramatically over the past few decades, just as the Catholic Church and the roles of American women have changed. Journalist Lucy Kaylin discusses her new book, for which she interviewed dozens of...

John Dominic Crossan: "A Long Way from Tipperary" (Harper San Francisco) (Rebroadcast)

December 29, 2000

Religious historian John Dominic Crossan's writings on the origins of Christianity and the identity of Jesus have been controversial in his field. In his new memoir, Crossan tells the story of his own upbringing in Ireland, his years as a...

Mark Salzman: "Lying Awake" (Knopf)

December 20, 2000

In his new novel, author Mark Salzman explores themes of faith, mysticism, and medicine. It's the story of a present-day cloistered nun, who experiences amazing visions and insights. . . they could come from divine inspiration, or from a...

Roger Rosenblatt: "Rules for Aging" (Harcourt)

November 1, 2000

Journalist and commentator Roger Rosenblatt shares sage advice he's picked up along the way through his life so far. In his new book, he offers "a list of don'ts and not's, not unlike the Ten Commandments, but without the moral...

John Dominic Crossan: "A Long Way from Tipperary" (Harper San Francisco)

October 18, 2000

Religious historian John Dominic Crossan's writings on the origins of Christianity and the identity of Jesus have been controversial in his field. In his new memoir, Crossan tells the story of his own upbringing in Ireland, his years as a...

Karen Armstrong: "Islam: A Short History" (Modern Library)

September 20, 2000

Religious historian Karen Armstrong discusses her latest book, "Islam: A Short History." In this concise volume, she examines both the history of one of the world's oldest and most complex faiths, and the contemporary political...

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