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Religion For Life is an exciting program that engages listeners in a subject few media hosts are able to discuss--religion. Religion is too important a topic to be left alone and too controversial to be left to the zealots. People do want to hear intelligent programs about religion as it relates to politics, sexuality, science and more. Religion For Life is a half hour program that explores the intersection of religion, social justice, and public life from an educational point of view.

Religion For Life is an exciting program that engages listeners in a subject few media hosts are able to discuss--religion. Religion is too important a topic to be left alone and too controversial to be left to the zealots. People do want to hear intelligent programs about religion as it relates to politics, sexuality, science and more. Religion For Life is a half hour program that explores the intersection of religion, social justice, and public life from an educational point of view.
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Religion For Life is an exciting program that engages listeners in a subject few media hosts are able to discuss--religion. Religion is too important a topic to be left alone and too controversial to be left to the zealots. People do want to hear intelligent programs about religion as it relates to politics, sexuality, science and more. Religion For Life is a half hour program that explores the intersection of religion, social justice, and public life from an educational point of view.

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Episodes

Thomas Merton's Creation Spirituality Journey: A Conversation with Matthew Fox

8/13/2018
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Matthew Fox. Silenced by the Vatican for his views, left the Catholic priesthood in the early 1980s. Matthew Fox is a theologian and activist who has written over 30 books. He has introduced millions of people to Creation Spirituality. In 2016 he published A Way to God: Thomas Merton’s Creation Spirituality Journey. According to Fox, Merton was assassinated by the CIA. We will talk more about that as well as have a candid conversation about ecology, human rights, capitalism, and...

Duration:00:53:03

Dr. Cynthia McKinney and The Deep State

8/10/2018
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Former U.S. Congresswoman (1992-2002, 2004-2006) from Georgia and 2008 Presidential candidate for the Green Party, Dr. Cynthia McKinney, speaks with John Shuck on the Beloved Community. Topics include her entry into politics, racism, the various factions of the Deep State, 9/11, COINTELPRO, media propaganda, Hollywood, the Israel lobby, and the wars. It is an educational hour about what it takes to awaken and “unrig” ourselves from the rigged system of partisan politics and to become...

Duration:00:58:01

The New Morality: A Conversation with Eden Collinsworth (ENCORE)

8/6/2018
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What is moral? How has morality changed and how does that effect how we make decisions and evaluate the decisions of others in politics, business, and sex? In Behaving Badly: The New Morality in Politics, Sex and Business. Eden Collinsworth embarks on a personal journey to discover morality in a new globalized culture. Eden Collinsworth is a former media executive and business consultant. She was formerly of Arbor House Publishing Company founder of the LA based monthly magazine Buzzbefore...

Duration:00:53:02

Finding Oneself: Victoria Price and Bobby Bluejacket

7/30/2018
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Victoria Price, author of Vincent Price: A Daughter's Biography, discusses with John Shuck her latest book, The Way of Being Lost: A Road Trip to My Truest Self. Despite doing “all the right things” to successfully rebuild her life and her finances after a period of deep personal and professional turmoil where she lost almost everything, Victoria Price still felt something profoundly missing from her life. Victoria Price’s inspirational memoir is a heartfelt, candid account of rediscovering...

Duration:00:52:59

Creationism and Breaking Up With God

7/23/2018
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In this episode I take us back to 2012 for a re-broadcast of interviews with Sarah Sentilles and Eugenie Scott. In the first part of today’s show, you will hear an interview that first aired in January 2012 with Sarah Sentilles. Sarah Sentilles broke up with the Creator of the Universe just as she was about to be ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. She tells all in her book, Breaking Up With God: A Love Story. In this interview Dr. Sentilles shares her theological journey and...

Duration:00:53:00

Evolution, Climate Change, Denial & Beliefs

7/16/2018
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In this episode I take us back to 2012 for a re-broadcast of interviews with Michael Zimmerman and Barbara Kingsolver. In the first part of today’s show, you will hear an interview that first aired in February 2012 with Michael Zimmerman, the founder of the Clergy Letter Project and Evolution Weekend. Over 13 thousand Christian, Jewish, and Unitarian Universalist clergy have signed a letter in support of teaching evolution in public schools. On the Sunday closest to Darwin’s Birthday...

Duration:00:53:01

The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton: A Conversation with Hugh Turley

7/13/2018
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Heart failure, accident, or murder? John Shuck interviews Hugh Turley about the mysterious death of Thomas Merton Investigative Reporter, Hugh Turley, makes the case that the conclusion that Thomas Merton died by accident cannot possibly be true. Hugh Turley and David Martin are co-authors of the 2018 book, The Martyrdom of Thomas Merton, An Investigation. John Shuck speaks live with Hugh Turley on Beloved Community about the death of Thomas Merton, who was an anti-war author and...

Duration:00:53:59

Biblical Mythology and Wholeheartedness

7/9/2018
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From the Progressive Spirit Archives, here are two interviews from 2012 and 2013. Cultural Anthropologist, Carol Delaney discusses her book, Abraham on Trial: The Social Legacy of Biblical Myth. Dr. Delaney explores the roots of patriarchy by asking the question, what gave Abraham the right to sacrifice Isaac? What is the legacy of this myth on the way we regard children today? Brene Brown is the author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love,...

Duration:00:53:00

The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World: A Conversation with John Andrew Morrow

7/3/2018
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Why do the powers that be try to convince us that there is a “clash of cultures” or a conflict between Islam and the West or between Islam and Christianity? To answer that, Dr. John Andrew Morrow discusses his book, The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. We learn that Christianity and Islam co-existed peacefully with full protections for Christians for 1400 years. These covenants “uniformly state that Muslims are not to attack peaceful Christian...

Duration:00:53:01

The World Only Spins Forward: Isaac Butler on Angels In America

6/22/2018
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Isaac Butler and Dan Kois take us backstage and behind the scenes of the iconic play, "Angels In America" in their book, The World Only Spins Forward: The Ascent of Angels In America. The book is an oral history, telling the story of the play and its influence from the voices of over 250 actors, actresses, and others who have given Angels In Americaits wings over the past 25 years. According to Isaac Butler, the political and social views of the play are still as relevant in the Trump era...

Duration:00:52:59

Unprecedented Crime: Peter Carter and Climate Science Denial

6/11/2018
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Dr. Peter Carter is founder of the Climate Emergency Institute. He has served as an expert reviewer for the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change’s fifth climate change assessment in 2014. He has also presented on the implications of global climate change on food security for the world's most vulnerable regions and populations at science and policy conferences in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and South America. He along with Elizabeth Woodworth, who has written extensively on...

Duration:00:52:59

Revolutions in Leadership and Economics: Conversations with Linda Kohanov and Anthony Flaccavento

6/4/2018
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Anthony Flaccavento was my first guest ever on this program when it was called Religion For Life. I had him on again last year when we discussed his book, Building a Healthy Economy from the Bottom Up: Harnessing Real-World Experience for Transformative Change. He has been a farmer, entrepreneur and consultant for over 30 years. He is on the leading edge of building sustainable economies and communities and he hopes to bring this vision of Rural Progressive Politics to Washington. He is...

Duration:00:52:58

An African-American and Latinx History of the United States: A Conversation with Paul Ortiz

6/4/2018
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Professor Paul Ortiz is Associate Professor of History at the University of Floridaand is Director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program. Professor Ortiz has published and taught in the fields of African American history, Latino Studies, the African Diaspora, Social Movement Theory, U.S. History, U.S. South, labor, and documentary studies. He currently works with students in these and related fields. He has written several books including Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of...

Duration:00:55:59

Losing the Nobel Prize: A Conversation with Brian Keating

5/27/2018
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It is not unusual to have a Nobel Prize winner write a book. But what about those who lose the Nobel Prize? Not too many write that book. Dr. Brian Keating did. He is an astrophysicist who teaches at the University of California at San Diego. He almost won the Nobel Prize, but not quite. Professor Brian Keating is an astrophysicist with UC San Diego’s Department of Physics. He and his team develop instrumentation to study the early universe at radio, microwave and infrared wavelengths. He...

Duration:00:52:58

Husayn Means Beauty: The Attraction of the Seventh-Century Martyr (2 of 2)

5/21/2018
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On April 282018, The Husayniah Islamic Society of Seattle sponsored an interfaith educational event called Husayn Day. The event was a reflection upon Husayn, the martyred grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. Rather than bow to his oppressors, he, along with 72 family members were killed in Karbala, Iraq in 680 CE. He is considered a martyr for justice, truth, love, and resistance. He is a leading figure in Shia Islam and his death is mourned each year by between 15 and 20 million pilgrims...

Duration:00:53:03

The Nakba: 70 Years of Oppression, 1948-2018

5/11/2018
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May 15th marks the 70th anniversary of Israel's statehood. Palestinians refer to this as the Nakba, the Catastrophe, when more than 700,000 Palestinians left their homes from fear or were forcibly removed by Israelis who took their homes. On this 70th anniversary of the occupation, the people of Gaza have been staging a non-violent demonstration, The Great March of Returnthat culminates Tuesday the 15th. According to the Middle Eastern Monitor, "The demonstrations of the Great March of...

Duration:00:56:00

Husayn Means Beauty: The Attraction of the Seventh Century Martyr (1 of 2)

5/7/2018
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On April 282018, The Husayniah Islamic Society of Seattle and Global Initiatives co-sponsored an interfaith educational event called Husayn Day. The event was a reflection upon Husayn, the martyred grandson of the Prophet Mohammad. Rather than bow to his oppressors, he, along with 72 family members were killed in Karbala, Iraq in 680 CE. He is considered a martyr for justice, truth, love, and resistance. He is a leading figure in Shia Islam and his death is mourned each year by between 15...

Duration:00:53:01

The Martyrdom of Gaza: A Conversation with Norman Finkelstein

5/1/2018
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“On May 14th or May 15th the people of Gaza are going to make their big last effort to break out of prison. And it will be a huge mobilization to try to break down that prison fence, that ghetto fence, that concentration camp fence. And we here have to give our all to make sure to do our best to ascertain and to assure that they succeed.” — Dr. Norman Finkelstein Dr. Norman Finkelstein speaks with John Shuck about his book, Gaza: An Inquest Into Its Martyrdom. His book was not a “labor of...

Duration:00:52:59

Queering Christianity: A Conversation with Angela Yarber

4/24/2018
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Rev. Dr. Angela Yarber discusses the revolutionary work of the Holy Women Icons Project. As an intersectionally ecofeminist organization, the Holy Women Icons Project seeks to empower marginalized women and to be an accomplice in the work for justice for ethnic and racial minorities, women, LGBTQs, people with differing abilities, immigrants and refugees, the poor, animals, the earth, and all living at the margins of society. This is the fifth and final episode in my series Revisioning...

Duration:00:53:00

Unbelievable: A Conversation with Critic of Christianity, Bishop John Shelby Spong

4/15/2018
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Bishop John Shelby Spong has been on the leading edge of progressive Christianity. Over the decades he has shared his own honest journey with faith, doubt, and social activism as an Episcopal priest, bishop, and author. Some of his many books include: Living in Sin? A Bishop Rethinks Human Sexuality, Rescuing the Bible from Fundamentalism: A Bishop Rethinks the Meaning of Scripture, and Why Christianity Must Change or Die: A Bishop Speaks to Believers in Exile. He is the author of the...

Duration:00:52:59