A while back Carey and I saw an episode of the PBS show Bill Moyers on Faith & Reason. In it Moyers interviewed novelist Salman Rushdie and it was one of the most interesting exchanges I had seen in a long time. Rushdie, an avowed atheist who strongly defends the freedom of speech offers several challenging ideas. As a religious person, I found Rushdie’s opinions surprising and hopeful. I recommend the interview highly, especially for those interested in the role of faith in the public sphere. I don’t necessarily agree with Rushdie on all points, but he is engaging on nearly every topic. You can watch the interview here. I watched other interviews online and also recommend the interview with Sir John Houghton, a well-respected scientist who discusses how he sees his Christian faith and scientific pursuits as compatible. That interview can be seen here. The interviews are about an hour each and I think show why we benefit from public television since I can’t think of another television venue where such conversations would be given the depth and time they find here.
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