THE FUNDAMENTALS OF FAITH
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
The differences among the world's various religions
are getting a lot more ink these days than the similarities. In
this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge stories of common
ground. "The Life of Pi," in which an Indian boy finds
magic in three different faiths with the help of a Bengal Tiger.
Also, father Abraham - why a dusty figure from the scriptures has
the power to unite three of the world's great religions.
Bruce Feiler is the author of "Abraham:
A Journey to the Heart of Three Faiths." He tells Jim Fleming
that Abraham is a central figure for three great religions - Christianity,
Judaism and Islam - but their interpretations of his story are
different. Also, Father Abuna Elias Chacour is a Palestinian,
Arab, Christian Israeli. He runs the Mar Elias Interfaith Institution,
which teaches students up to 50 years old principles of religious
toleration. Steve Paulson talks with Chacour about his work.
Yann Mantel won the Booker Prize for his
novel "Life of Pi." It's the story of a young Indian
boy, Pi, trapped at sea with a Bengal tiger named Richard Parker.
Pi believes in and practices three major religions. Mantel tells
Steve Paulson that his research for the book turned him into a
church-goer and says his book may make you believe in God.
William Dean teaches theology. His book is
"The American Spiritual Culture, and the Invention of Jazz,
Football, and the Movies." He talks with Jim Fleming about
the way religious beliefs crop up in American popular culture.
Also, Shirley Cunningham is a former nun and the author
of "Chasing God." She tells Steve Paulson about her
spiritual quest for feminine images of the Divine, including the
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 03-03-09-A.
- Elias Chacour, Mary E. Jensen, We Belong
to the Land: The Story of a Palestinian Israeli Who Lives for
Peace and Reconciliation (Notre Dame)
- Shirley Cunningham, Chasing God (Amoranita
- William Dean, The American Spiritual
Culture: And the Invention of Jazz, Football, and the Movies
- Bruce S. Feiler, Abraham: A Journey to the
Heart of Three Faiths (William Morrow)
- Yann Martel, Life of Pi (Harcourt)
- -A Dezzi A Sa/ Djur Djura/ The Best of Djur Djura:
The Vioce of Silence/ Warner Bros.
- -Acco Malca/ Yair Dalal & the ALOL Ensemble/
Silan/Najema Music & TV
- -Brothers/ "The Mission" Soundtrack/
- -Angel from Montgomery/Bonnie Raitt
- -American Pie/ Don McLean
- -Hymn/ Bond/ Born/ Decca
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