SEARCHING FOR SALVATION
He was a wandering pilgrim who talked
to birds, healed the sick and tamed wild beasts. He was also the closest
thing to a medieval rock star - a man so revered in his lifetime that
people tore at this clothes, desperate to touch a living saint. Today,
St. Francis of Assisi is admired by both Christians and atheists. In this
hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge we'll follow in the footsteps
of St. Francis as we travel to Italy, visiting his old hermitages.
Tom Key wrote and performs
a one man play called "C.S. Lewis On Stage." We hear excerpts
and Key tell Jim Fleming how Lewis was affected by fighting in
WWI and how Lewis became a Christian. Also, we hear a brief excerpt
from an interview with children's book author Phillip Pullman
("His Dark Materials" trilogy) who explains why he detests
"The Chronicles of Narnia" and Lewis' other works for children.
Steve Paulson prepared this
report on Saint Francis of Assissi and his continuing influence in the
modern world. Francis was an Italian mystic who lived 800 years ago,
was a peace broker during the Crusades, and is the patron saint of animal
lovers. Actress Sarah Day reads selections from Valerie Martin's
novel, "Salvation." And we hear a lot of location sound recorded
where Francis lived in Italy. Click
here for pictures of Steve's trip.
Robert Orsi is a historian
at Harvard Divinity School and the author of "Between Heaven and
Earth." He tells Anne Strainchamps about the role of angels
and saints in Catholicism pre-Vatican II and insists that people's relationships
with them are real, whether or not the spirits are. Also, Marilynne
Robinson, author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Gilead,"
talks about the book with Steve Paulson. The book's about Calvinism
and how to live a moral life.
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 05-12-11-B.
- Linda Bird Francke, On
the Road with Francis of Assisi: A Timeless Journey Through Umbria and
Tuscany, and Beyond (Random House)
- Valerie Martin, Salvation:
Scenes from the Life of St. Francis (Knopf)
- Robert A. Orsi, Between
Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars
Who Study Them (Princeton)
- Marilynne Robinson, Gilead:
a novel (FSG)
- Donald Spoto, Reluctant Saint: The Life
of Francis of Assisi (Penguin Compass)
- After Return:
John Coltrane w/ "Acknowledgement"
on "A Love Supreme"
- After Tom Key:
Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny w/ "Tears of Rain"
on "Beyond the Missouri Sky"
- After Philip Pullman:
Haden & Metheny w/ "Waltz for Ruth"
- In St. Francis:
Robyn Miller w/ "Fissure"
on "Riven" soundtrack
- Ry Cooder w/ "Night in L.A."
on "The End of Violence" soundtrack
- Robert Shaw Festival Singers w/
"Tout puisant, tres saint";
also "O mes tres chers freres at mes enfants"
- After Robert Orsi:
Jimmy Smith w/ "The Sermon"
on "The Best of Jimmy Smith"
- After Marilynne Robinson:
Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny w/ "Spiritual"
on "Beyond the Missouri Sky"
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