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...

Religion and Politics

August 21, 2000

There was a time when candidates for political offices didn't talk about their religious beliefs. But today it's become acceptable, even fashionable, to talk about one's spiritual beliefs. A panel talks about how, when and why religion...

Terry Tempest Williams: "Leap" (Pantheon)

August 3, 2000

Writer and environmentalist Terry Tempest Williams joins Diane to discuss her latest book. Inspired by painter Hieronymous Bosch's masterpiece "The Garden of Earthly Delights," she explores how her family's Mormon heritage has...

Bishop Griswold

June 14, 2000

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal church joins Diane for an hour of conversation about the top issues facing the church today and how he sees religious ideas and spirituality evolving in American society and culture.

Martha Sherrill: "The Buddha from Brooklyn" (Random House)

May 31, 2000

Investigative journalist Martha Sherrill tells the true story of an American woman who was recognized as a reincarnated Tibetan lama and founded a Buddhist center in suburban Maryland. She'll also talk about the experiences -- both...

Robin Griffith-Jones: "The Four Witnesses" (Harper San Francisco)

April 17, 2000

In his new book, Robin Griffith-Jones focuses on Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, the apostles who authored the gospels. He examines each man's life, and why their accounts of Jesus of Galilee are so different.

The Pope's Visit to the Holy Land

March 22, 2000

This week Pope John Paul II, the aging leader of the Roman Catholic Church, will visit the sites of many of the major events in the life of Jesus of Galilee. A panel talks about the religious, cultural, historical, and political...

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