Peter Rollins, The Idolatry of God, March 28 – April 3

This week I speak with “pyro-theologian” Peter Rollins.   This interview, perfect for Holy Week and Easter, is about “divine doubt” and letting go of the need for God to solve our problems.  His latest book is called The Idolatry of God:  Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction.

“He explores how the Good News actually involves embracing the idea that we can’t be whole, that life is difficult, and that we are in the dark. Arguing that God has traditionally been approached as a product that will render us complete, remove our suffering and reveal the answers, he introduces an incendiary approach to faith that invites us to embrace our brokenness, face our unknowing and accept the difficulties of existence. Only then, he argues, can we truly rob death of its sting and enter into the fullness of life.”

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Thursday, March 28th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, March 31st at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 31st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, April 1st 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, April 3rd at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast April 2nd.

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Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior, March 21-26

Author Barbara Kingsolver lives in southwest Virginia.  She is the author of 14 books including the The  Poisonwood Bible, The Lacuna, and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.  She visited with me at the WEHC studio at Emory and Henry College to discuss her latest novel, Flight Behavior, a novel set in Southern Appalachia.   In part it is about denial and the beliefs that get assigned to us.   It is on the long list for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction).

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Thursday, March 21st at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, March 24th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 24th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, March 25th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, March 27th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast March 26th.

Harvey Cox, The Future of Faith, March 14-20

Harvey Cox is the Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard, where he began teaching in 1965, both at HDS and in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.   He is the author of The Secular City, When Jesus Came to Harvard, and The Future of Faith.   The “Future of Faith” is the title of my series of programs and I am honored to have as my guest the man who wrote the book on it!

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Thursday, March 14th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, March 17th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 17th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, March 18th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, March 20th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast

Robin Meyers, The Underground Church, March 7-13

Robin Meyers has written books with provocative titles such as Why the Christian Right Is Wrong and Saving Jesus from the Church. His latest is the The Underground Church: Reclaiming the Subversive Way of Jesus.  He is the senior minister of Mayflower Congregational UCC Church in Oklahoma City.   He talks to me about empire, faith, and following a subversive Jesus in a red state.

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Thursday, March 7th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, March 10th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, March 10th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, March 11th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, March 13th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Tuesday March 12th.