Debbie Blue, Consider the Birds (Classic RFL), March 26-April 1

Debbie Blue is a founding minister of House of Mercy in St. Paul, Minnesota.  She describes it as a “pretty great church.”  She is also the author of Consider the Birds:  A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible.   She highlights ten birds in the Bible and through them finds a window into scripture, theology, and into conversations about social and ecological issues.    Join us as we “consider the birds” on Religion For Life.

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Thursday, March 26th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, March 28th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, March 29th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 29th at 1230 pm on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, March 29th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, March 30th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, April 1st at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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Reza Alsan, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth (Classic RFL) March 19-25

Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild” is not Reza Aslan’s Jesus.  Professor Aslan has discovered a Jesus who is a revolutionary, a zealot, and who had a mission that was political and practical.   Aslan’s book, Zealot:  The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth became a number one bestseller thanks to this attack interview on Fox News that went viral.   In this candid and in depth conversation, Dr. Aslan reveals a Jesus more like Malcom X than Martin Luther King and worth following regardless of one’s religion.

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Thursday, March 19th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, March 21st at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, March 22nd at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 22nd at 11 am on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, March 22nd at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, March 23rd at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, March 25th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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Lawrence Krauss, A Universe from Nothing (Classic RFL), March 12-18

Physicist Lawrence Krauss talks with me about his new book, A Universe From Nothing:  Why There Is Something Rather Than Nothing.    The book arose from the response to this Youtube lecture that has received over a million and one half views.    He describes the universe without any recourse to “supernatural shenanigans.”   Join us for a fascinating and lively conversation about the universe as science reveals it!

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Thursday, March 12th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, March 14th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, March 15th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 15th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, March 16th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, March 17th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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Val Webb, Stepping Out With the Sacred (Classic RFL), March 5-11

Val Webb is a theologian and scientist who beautifully and thoughtfully integrates these two ways of thinking in her work.   She is the author of a number of books including In Defence of Doubt:  An Invitation to Adventure, Like Catching Water in A Net:  Human Attempts to Describe the Divine, and the book we discuss this week on Religion For Life, Stepping Out With the Sacred:  Human Attempts to Engage the Divine.  I caught up with her via skype at her home in Mudgee, New South Wales, and had a fantastic conversation about doubt, the sacred, and Life.

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Thursday, March 5th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, March 7th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3.
Sunday, March 8th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 8th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, March 9th at 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, March 10th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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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.
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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.
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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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