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The religious and ethical news of the week, regularly presented by Edward Stourton.

The religious and ethical news of the week, regularly presented by Edward Stourton.
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The religious and ethical news of the week, regularly presented by Edward Stourton.

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Sunday: A Remembrance Special

11/11/2018
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In this special programme commemorating 100 years since the armistice was signed, Edward Stourton looks at the commonwealth contribution to the war effort , the impact of the war still felt across the globe today and we hear the thoughts of young people on the importance of remembrance. Also to mark 100 years on from the end of the First World War, the poet laureate, Carol Ann Duffy, has written a sonnet to mark the moment which she has recorded especially for Radio 4. Producers: Rajeev...

Duration:00:43:06

Bishop Michael Curry and Intersex Day

11/7/2018
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Bishop Michael Curry became a household name when he preached at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. He talks about his new book ‘The Power of Love’. In anticipation of the worldwide Intersex Day of Remembrance on the 8th November, Edward chats to Sara who was born intersex. She describes how she has been treated by church congregations. Vishvapani talks about the life of Sangharakshita (founder of the Triratna Buddhist Order) who died this week. And the Rev Fergus Butler-Gaille...

Duration:00:43:49

Karva Chauth Festival and Fake Dead Sea Scrolls

10/28/2018
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Hindu women have been fasting for the festival of Karva Chauth. Traditionally women keep the fast to bless their husbands with good health. But now more Hindu men are deciding to keep the fast along side their wives. AJ and Reena tell us why they have broken from tradition and have been fasting together. The Museum of the Bible said this week that five of its 16 famous Dead Sea Scrolls fragments are fake. Dr Roberta Mazza, Papyrologist at the University of Manchester, talks about her...

Duration:00:43:55

Sacred Mountain; Safeguarding Aid

10/21/2018
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For many years concerns have been raised over the eroded pilgrim path of Croagh Patrick; from where the fifth century Saint Patrick allegedly banished the snakes from all Ireland. Tracey Logan visits a new kind of path built near the summit using only materials found on the mountain, will the path still feel sacred? Labour MP Diana Johnson debates the benefits of her ten-minute rule bill to decriminalise abortion the bill with Conservative MP Fiona Bruce. To mark the centenary of the end of...

Duration:00:43:59

Andrew Brunson, Oscar Romero and Tommie Smith

10/14/2018
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Former Olympic champion Tommie Smith speaks to Rajeev Gupta about how his Christian faith inspired his iconic fist raised protest on the podium at the Mexico City Games 50 years ago this week. A court in Turkey has freed US pastor Andrew Brunson in a case that badly strained ties between the US and Turkey. We bring you the latest on his release. As the canonisation of the assassinated archbishop Oscar Romero takes place, Edward talks to CAFOD's South America regional manager Claire Dixon...

Duration:00:44:00

Archbishop of York, Drones, Green Health Awards

10/7/2018
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As Archbishop John Sentamu announces his retirement, we look at the significance of the role of Archbishop of York in the Church of England. Trevor Barnes visits the winners of the first Green Health Awards, a collaboration of health care professionals and churches. The morality of killing with Drones - Dr Peter Lee, author of "Reaper Force: Inside Britain's Drone Wars" talks to William Crawley about the ethical and moral issues facing drone pilots. And why is Manchester celebrating Syria?...

Duration:00:43:58

Alabama Window, Galileo Letter Revealed, Miracles

9/30/2018
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When four girls were killed by a racist bomb in an Alabama Baptist Church 1963,the late Welsh artist John Petts raised funds for the Church and created a stain glass window depicting Jesus as black. Now the window is in need of protection. Theodore Ted Debro Trustee, a Church Trustee, tells Edward why. A letter by the Italian astronomer Galileo challenging the official view of cosmology has been discovered 405 years after it was written. Dr Anna-Marie Roos sheds light on the significance of...

Duration:00:43:58

Exclusive bereavement survey, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Franklin Graham

9/25/2018
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Sunday reveals the results of the biggest ever UK survey into how people of different faiths cope with death, dying and bereavement. Co-op funeral care Managing Director David Collingwood and theologian Douglas Davies discuss the results. The Archbishop of Canterbury has been accused of 'hypocrisy' this week for his criticism of Amazon, a company the Church of England has shares in. Edward Stourton asks Catherine Howarth of Share Action, how far investors can influence the behaviour of...

Duration:00:44:46

Niqab Wearing Superhero, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

9/25/2018
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Sara Alfageeh, an American illustrator and comic fan, annoyed by the tight costume worn by Marvel's Muslim superhero Dust she redesigned the niqab hero's attire and her designs have gone viral online. Rabbi Jonathan Sacks gives his first broadcast interview after his comments on Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism and he talks to Edward about his new Radio 4 series "Morality in the 21st Century". The Ukrainian and Russian Orthodox Churches are in a tug of war over the status of the Ukrainian...

Duration:00:44:46

Franklin Graham, French Pilgrimage

9/23/2018
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As hundreds of people take part in the annual pilgrimage in the French city of Valenciennes, John Laurenson joins the pilgrims to find out why pilgrimages are becoming so popular in secular France. Usama Hasan, Head of Islamic Studies at Quilliam, gives his reaction to the release of Amjem Choudary. And where politics and morality clash - Edward discusses the cut in funding for Palestinian projects by the US Administration with Nigel Varnell of Embrace the Middle East and Sarah Elliott from...

Duration:00:44:46

Religious education, Recovery walks, Moral economy

9/9/2018
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As Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing comes to an end, the BBC's White House reporter Tara McKelvey talks to William about his religious background and how it might appeal to the religious conservatives. Should Religious Education be renamed Religion and Worldviews and include non-religious perspectives such as Humanism and atheism? A major commission on RE has urged the Department for Education to do just this. William discusses it's findings with Rev John...

Duration:00:48:45

The Pope in Ireland - a Sunday Programme Special

8/26/2018
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William Crawley presents a special programme from Phoenix Park, Dublin: Pope Francis is in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. What sort of welcome will Pope Francis receive amid global allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church? Over fifty thousand people are expected, and William Crawley will give a taste of the atmosphere as people flock to Dublin from across Ireland and beyond. He will look at the importance of Pope Francis's visit for Catholics in Ireland and examine how the...

Duration:00:43:44

Divine Aretha, Faith in Westminster, Pope in Ireland discussion

8/19/2018
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We reflect on the deep Christian faith and gospel roots of Aretha Franklin with music, archive and the reflections of biographer David Nathan. American pastor Andrew Brunson is at the heart of a trade war between Turkey and the US. Emily Buchanan talks to Pastor Ryan Keating, who was himself deported from Turkey on charges of being a threat to national security about the place of Christianity in Turkey today. A report at the UN this week claimed that China is holding a million Muslim Uighurs...

Duration:00:43:44

Cremations in Bali, Teaching the history of the Middle East, Why wear the burka?

8/12/2018
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Hundreds of people have died after a devastating earthquake hit the Indonesian Islands of Lombok and Bali this week. As Hindus on the islands start making preparations for the cremations of loved ones, Maria Bakkalapulo reports on the rituals and the significance of food during the ceremonies. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) accused two Catholic schools of allowing abuse to go unchecked for 40 years. They say both Ampleforth and Downside have blocked efforts to reform...

Duration:00:44:00

Empire of the Sikhs, Pakistan elections, Consecrated virgins

7/22/2018
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Poonam Taneja reports on the Empire of the Sikhs exhibition, a rare collection of stunning objects and works of art that reveal the remarkable story of the Sikh Empire and the European and American adventurers who served it. BBC Religious Affairs Editor Martin Bashir looks ahead to this week's review by the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse (IICSA) of the case of Peter Ball, the former Bishop of Gloucester, who was imprisoned in 2015 for abusing young men. Following the...

Duration:00:43:40

Shaolin Grandmaster; Ofsted, religion and schools and new churches

7/15/2018
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We are familiar with yoga and mindfulness but now there's growing interest in an old Chinese practice called Qigong. 5000 years old, it was used by Kung Fu masters to increase their strength. One of the best known Malaysian Chinese Grandmasters is Wong Kiew Kit. Emily Buchanan met him to learn more about this ancient practice. The Church of England has announced plans for 100 new churches in England. The Bishop of Burnley, Philip North and Rector of Holy Trinity Guildford Robert Cotton...

Duration:00:43:40

Antony Gormley; General Synod and Fossil Fuels

7/8/2018
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The government announced plans to end conversion therapy this week after a survey showed most instances of attempted conversion therapy occur in a religious context. Harry Farley reports on the impact of this controversial practice and what it might mean for religious organisations that carry it out. Trevor Barnes is at the Church of England's General Synod in York reporting on the key issues and debates. Members of the General Synod are being urged to "strengthen the hand" of the Church's...

Duration:00:43:52

Chester Mystery Plays, Chief rabbi, Is the NHS a religion?

7/1/2018
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The nave of Chester Cathedral has been transformed into a huge theatre set for the performance of medieval mystery plays which take place in the city every five years and are running now. Rosie Dawson has been to a rehearsal. Nigel Lawson once likened the NHS to a religion; Trevor Barnes explores whether people think the NHS is a religion. After several years of mental illness, Guy Stagg set off one morning, from London, to walk to Canterbury. This led him to follow the paths of the medieval...

Duration:00:43:41

Sikh Amritsar Files, Church Abuse Report, Theology in the White House

6/24/2018
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Police are treating the vandalism of a Jewish cemetery in Manchester this week as a hate crime. It follows a spate of other attacks on religious sites across the UK. Dr Chris Allen, Associate Professor in Hate Studies at Leicester University, explains why these attacks are happening now. Armed police officers have arrested at least 20 Jehovah's Witnesses in raids across Russia this week. Anastasia Golubeva explains why Jehovah's Witnesses are seen as an extreme organisation in Russia....

Duration:00:43:57

Windrush, Tax Justice Sunday and What does God look like?

6/17/2018
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Is this what God Looks Like? Psychologists at the University of North Carolina have put together a photo-fit image of what American Christians think God looks like - it's younger and more feminine than the Sistine Chapel's version. Bishop Joe Aldred and Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin join Edward to discuss how the churches responded to the Windrush generation and how it shaped worship in the UK today. Austria's government has begun the process of closing down several mosques and expelling imams....

Duration:00:43:56