Lesley Hazleton, The First Muslim, July 25 – July 31

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, July 25th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, July 28th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 28th at 11 am on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, July 28th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 29th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 31st at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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Becky Garrison, Roger Williams’ Little Book of Virtues, July 18-24

This week’s guest is a direct descendant of Roger Williams. Religion writer, Becky Garrison, writes about the radical commitments to freedom of conscience and equality that this 17th century religious pioneer embraced and how his virtues could inspire us.  With wit and insight she takes on contemporary religiosity and how prophetic voices mute themselves at the expense of profit and fame.  It is an important discussion of the cost of speaking truth. Pick up her e-book, Roger Williams’ Little Book of Virtues and listen to our conversation on Religion For Life.   She is also the author of Red and Blue God, Black and Blue Church: Eyewitness Accounts of How American Churches are Hijacking Jesus, Bagging the Beatitudes, and Worshipping the Almighty Dollar.

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Thursday, July 18th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, July 21sr at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 21st at 11 am on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, July 21st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 22nd 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 24th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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Matthew Fox, The Pope’s War and Occupy Spirituality, July 11 – July 17

One of the most interesting theologians of our time is Matthew Fox.  He is the author of over 20 books and the founder of the Creation Spirituality movement.   In the 1980s he was silenced by the Vatican (by then Cardinal Ratzinger who became Pope Benedict).   He is the author of The Pope’s War:  Why Ratzinger’s Crusade Has Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved, the just released, Letters to Pope Francis:  Rebuilding a Church with Justice and Compassion, and coming in September 2013, Occupy Spirituality:  A Radical Vision for A New Generation.   He is with me by phone to talk about the new pope, but more importantly a new spirituality for Earthlings.

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Thursday, July 11th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, July 14th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 14th at 11 am on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, July 14h at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 15th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 17th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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Val Webb, Stepping Out With the Sacred, July 4 – July 10

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, July 4th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Sunday, July 7th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, July 7th at 11 am on WHAN, 1430 AM/102.9 FM
Sunday, July 7th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, July 8th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 10th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
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