Lesley Hazleton, The First Muslim (Classic RFL), February 26 – March 4

As fellows of the Jesus Seminar search for the historical Jesus behind the Gospel and Creed, so Lesley Hazleton searches for the historical Muhammad behind the Qur’an and Hadith.   In 2013 she released, The First Muslim:  The Story of Muhammad and talked with me about this fascinating person who changed history.  Lesley Hazleton has reported from the Middle East and her work focuses on the the intersection of politics and religion. Previous books include After the Prophet:  The Epic Story of the Sunni-Shia Split in Islam, Jezebel:  The Untold Story of the Bible’s Harlot Queen, and Mary: A Flesh and Blood Biography of the Virgin Mother.  She blogs at The Accidental Theologist.

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Thursday, February 26th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, February 28th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, March 1st at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 1st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, March 2nd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, March 3rd at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast.

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James Cone, The Cross and the Lynching Tree (Classic RFL), February 19-25

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries between three and five thousand African-Americans were lynched in the South. They were lynched by white Christians. My guest, Dr. James Cone, the Charles Augustus Briggs Distinguished Professor of Systematic Theology at Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York, in his latest book, The Cross and the Lynching Tree makes the connection between the lynching of African-Americans and the execution of Jesus.  Listen to this important conversation about race and religion in America on Religion For Life.  Dr. Cone is the author of 12 books including Black Theology and Black Power and A Black Theology of Liberation.

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Thursday, February 19th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, February 21st at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, February 2nd at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, February 22nd at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, February 22nd at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, February 23rd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, February 24th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast.

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Gary Laderman, Sacred Matters (Classic RFL), February 12-18

The fastest growing religious group in the United States is the “nones,” those who claim no religious affiliation.  Does this mean people are no longer religious?  Not so says Gary Laderman, professor of religion at Emory University and editor of the on-line magazine, Religion Dispatches.    People may be exiting organized religion but everything from sports to celebrity, music, sex, and violence can be the focus of religious ritual as well.   He speaks with me about baseball, Oprah, “beliebers” (Justin Bieber), war and more.   Dr. Laderman is the author of Sacred Matters: Celebrity Worship, Sexual Ecstasies, the Living Dead, and Other Signs of Religious Life in the United States.  Read some of his articles about religion in our time at Huffington Post.

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Thursday, February 12th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, February 14th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, February 15th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, February 15th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, February 15th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, February 16th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, February 17th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast.

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Brian McLaren, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammad Cross the Road? (Classic RFL) Feb 5-11, 2015

This week Brian McLaren asks an age old riddle.   His new book is entitled, Why Did Jesus, Moses, the Buddha, and Mohammad Cross the Road?  Christian Identity in a Multi-Faith World.   In this engaging and candid conversation, Dr. McLaren talks to me about the challenge and hope of religious pluralism.   If the followers of our religious traditions behaved toward one another like our founders would, we would all be more gracious toward one another.   He talks about his own journey including the importance of taking risks for justice and conscience.  Don’t miss Brian McLaren on Religion For Life!

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Thursday, February 5th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, February 7th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, February 8th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, February 8th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, February 8th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, February 9th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, February 10th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast.

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Alex McNeill, Presbyqueerian (Classic RFL), January 29 – February 4

Two years ago I spoke with Alex McNeill.  At the time he was on at least two journeys. One was a journey to ordination into the ministry in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  Another journey was a personal journey from female to male.  He spoke candidly about both journeys on Religion For Life.   Since this interview he has become the Executive Director of More Light Presbyterians.   He will be featured in the upcoming film, Out of Order.

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Thursday, January 29th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, January 31st at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, February 1st at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, February 1st at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, February 1st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, February 2nd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, February 4th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast.

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Gretta Vosper, Author, Minister, Atheist (Classic RFL), January 22-28

Gretta Vosper is a minister in the United Church of Canada.   She identifies herself as “author, minister, atheist.”   She is a minister at the West Hill United Church in Toronto.  She has written a number of books including With Or Without God:  Why the Way We Live Is More Important than What We Believe and Amen:  What Prayer Can Mean In A World Beyond Belief.  She spoke with me about her own journey as a minister and an atheist and what church looks like beyond god.

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Thursday, January 22nd at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, January 24th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, January 25th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, January 25th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, January 25th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, January 26th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, January 28th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast.

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Paul Verhoeven, Jesus of Nazareth (Classic RFL), January 15-21

Film director, Paul Verhoeven has directed over 16 films including  blockbusters such as Robocop, Basic Instinct, and Total Recall.   He has a new film on the horizon about the historical Jesus!  He has already written the book, Jesus of Nazareth.  For twenty years, Verhoeven has deliberated with the Jesus Seminar and finally is ready to put the fruits of his efforts onto the big screen.  He talks with me about his book, Jesus, and his upcoming film on Religion For Life.

 

Thursday, January 15th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, January 17th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, January 18th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, January 18th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, January 18th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, January 19th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, January 21st at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast.

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