BETWEEN BELIEF AND UNBELIEF
E.O. Wilson is one of the world's
most eminent scientists. His theory of sociobiology laid the groundwork
for a new branch of science, but also created plenty of enemies. Now,
he's taking aim at a new target: religion. In this hour of To the Best
of Our Knowledge we'll talk with E.O. Wilson about the growing rift
between science and religion; why he calls himself a "provisional
deist," and what he dislikes about the whole idea of an eternal afterlife
in heaven. We'll also get a very different take on religious belief from
historian Garry Wills, author of "What Jesus Meant."
Garry Wills is one of America's
leading historians and a devout Catholic. His new book is "What
Jesus Meant." Wills tells Jim Fleming that we know very little
about the historical Jesus and that it doesn't matter because faith
does not depend on historical facts.
Karen King is a historian
at the Harvard Divinity School. Her books include "The Secret Revelation
of John" and "What is Gnosticism?" Kind tells Anne Strainchamps
that there are many early Christian texts that didn't make it into the
Bible and that they give us a much fuller understanding of what it means
to be a Christian. Also, the Reduced Shakespeare Company (Reed Martin
and Austin Tichenor) perform an even further abridged version of
their theatrical show "The Bible: The Complete Word of God"
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|Renowned biologist E.O.
Wilson talks with Steve Paulson about the difficulty of reconciling
science and religion. Wilson calls himself a provisional deist but
is a vocal critic of Intelligent Design. Wilson's books include
"Sociobiology" and "Consilience" and he's just
edited a collection of Charles Darwin's books called "From
So Simple a Beginning."
CD copies are available at 1-800-747-7444.
Ask for program number 06-03-26-A.
- Garry Wills, What Jesus
Meant (Viking;ISBN: 0670034967)
- Charles Darwin, Edward Osborne
Wilson (Editor), From So Simple a Beginning: Darwin's Four Great
Books (Norton; ISBN: 0393061345)
- Karen King, The Secret
Revelation of John (Harvard; ISBN: 0674019032)
- Karen King, What is Gnosticism?
(Belknap; ISBN: 067401071x)
- After Return:
Lyle Lovett w/ "I've Been to Memphis"
on "Joshua Judges Ruth"
- After Wills:
Mahalia Jackson w/ "I Can Put My Trust in Jesus"
on "The Essential Mahalia Jackson"
- After King:
Trio Mediaval w/ "Quem Trina Polluit"
on "Stella Maris"
- After Reduced Shakespeare:
Don Byron w/ "Frasquita Serenade"
on "Bug Music"
- After Wilson:
Alan Eskinasi w/ "Rising Eagle"
Cyber Octave Music
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