In his new book, The Relevance of Religion: How Faithful People Can Change Politics, John Danforth argues that the voices of people of faith are needed today in the public square.
Danforth is the former US Senator from Missouri, and he served as both an attorney general, and US Ambassador to the United Nations. He is also an ordained Episcopal priest.
Note: If you are in the Chicago area, Senator Danforth is speaking on Wednesday, October 21st at an event hosted by Episcopal Charities at St. James Commons. To find out more, and get your free tickets, click here.
"It's not PTSD, and it's not a disease. It is a natural reaction that anyone would have to an assault on their conscience," says our guest Dr. Rita Nakashima Brock. She's describing the concept of moral injury, which affects combat veterans and others who have been put in devastating situations. Brock is at the forefront of research on this condition, and its treatment, which she and others refer to as "soul repair."
Also, we have a special extra on the podcast. Independent producer Katie Klocksin brings us a story of one congregation's struggle with the public witness of their values, as they decide whether or not to put up a sign at their church saying "Black Lives Matter."
In this rebroadcast from 2012 we revisit one of our earliest interviews. We welcome poet, journalist, and author Robert Rhodes. His book, Nightwatch: An Inquiry into Solitude, explores the years he and his family spent living among the Hutterites, an intentional Christian community in Minnesota.
Also on the program, our producer-at-large, Natasha Alford, reflects on the violence of this past summer, in the context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
This week we revisit our 2014 interview with best-selling author Reza Aslan. We discuss his recent book, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.
Along the way, the discussion includes the current state of academic teaching, navigating land mines on Fox News, and a pretty awesome Beatles reference. We also discuss the way in which scholars should (and should not) work with the media.