Nancy Ellen Abrams, A God That Could Be Real, June 25 – July 1

A sage once quipped: “Galileo put God out of a home and Darwin put God out of a job.” In our modern understanding of the universe that requires no “supernatural shenanigans” to operate, is there “anything in the universe worthy of the name, God?” Nancy Ellen Abrams asks this question and suggests that there may be a way to speak of the reality of God.    She returns to Religion For Life to discuss the concept of emergence and her latest book, A God That Could Be Real: Spirituality, Science and the Future of Our Planet.

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Thursday, June 25th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, June 27th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, June 28th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 28th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 29th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, July 1st at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday June 28th.

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Rachel Held Evans, Searching For Sunday, June 18-24

Rachel Held Evans is from Dayton, Tennessee, home of the Scopes Monkey Trial.  It is certainly the Bible Belt.  What happens when you grow beyond the beliefs of your church?   Many follow a similar path to New York Times best-selling author, Rachel Held Evans.  With wit and grace Rachel chronicles her journey of faith and doubt, leaving church and finding it again in her latest book, Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church.

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Thursday, June 18th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, June 20th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, June 21st at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 21st at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 22nd 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, June 24th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday June 21st.

Jennifer Bird, Permission Granted: Take the Bible Into Your Own Hands, June 11-17

I finish my three-part series on the “good” book with Jennifer Grace Bird.   She teaches at Portland Community College and the University of Portland and has written a fantastic guide to the Bible, Permission Granted:  Take the Bible Into Your Own Hands.  She doesn’t flinch from challenging the “bad” texts in the good book.   More than a critique of the Bible, she encourages her readers to read the texts for themselves with a critical eye and not just accept it because it’s what “the Bible says.”  You can disagree with the Bible.  Permission granted.

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Thursday, June 11th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, June 13th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, June 14th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 14th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 15th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, June 17th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday June 14th.

John Dominic Crossan, How to Read the Bible and Still be a Christian, June 4-11

In my second in a series of three on the Bible, world-renowned scholar on the historical Jesus, John Dominic Crossan returns to Religion For Life, to address one of the most troubling aspects of the Bible, the violence of God.   How do we read and trust a book whose main character, God, is less ethical than most humans?   His latest book is How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian:  Struggling With Divine Violence from Genesis through Revelation.

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Thursday, June 4th at 8 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Saturday, June 6th at 1 pm on KZUM, 89.3
Sunday, June 7th at noon on WEHC, 90.7.
Sunday, June 7th at 2 pm on WETS, 89.5.
Monday, June 8th 1 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Wednesday, June 10th at 6:30 pm on WEHC, 90.7.
Via podcast Sunday June 7th.