Since my radio program Speaking of Faith began, people have asked how I came to care about large questions of meaning, how I think about the dangers and promises of religion in human life, and how I see the world differently through my conversations across the world's traditions. This book is my response.Â
I am drawn to tell the whole story of religion in the world â€” beyond the headlines of extremism, behind the stridencies and doomsday theories that have characterized our public discourse about religion since September 11, 2001. Through the story of my own life and the adventure of radio conversation, I explore religious traditions as rich resources for our minds and spirits, as guides to our most important modern confusions, and as correctives for the excesses of religion itself.Â
This is faith as it works in the lives of the many, not in the debates of a few. It is an invitation to a new kind of conversation about the most important issues before us â€” left, right, and center â€” between the poles of competing certainties that have hardened our cultural discourse.Â
I look forward to speaking with all of you today to discuss matters of religion, meaning, ethics and ideas.
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