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Living Questions

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February's edition of Living Questions, our monthly series on the role of religion in the public sphere, examines the idea of religious moderation. With each new atrocity perpetrated by radical factions claiming divine guidance, a call comes for “moderates” to step up, counter those claims and restore reason to religion.  But how does one do that?  What does it actually mean to be a moderate?  How is it possible to be religious and not be, in some way, radical? Today's guest, Dr. William Egginton makes the case that the divide between atheists and fundamentalists are more closely aligned than they may appear. Dr. Egginton is the Vice Dean for Graduate Education at Johns Hopkins University and has just published his book called In Defense of Religious Moderation. He joins host Tom Hall in the studio.

In this edition of Living Questions, our monthly series on the role of religion in the public sphere, a conversation about the non-violence movement with one of the founders of Jonah House, a community whose pillars are non-violence, resistance and community. Jonah House was founded in 1973 by Elizabeth McAlister, a former Catholic Nun, and her husband, Philip Berrigan, a former Catholic Priest, who was a member of the Baltimore Four and the Catonsville Nine.

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On this segment of "Living Questions", ours series exploring faith and religion in contemporary life, we talk about religious accommodation and religious freedom in public schools.  Should school systems celebrate the major holidays of religions other than Christianity and Judaism? Or, is it more appropriate for public schools to disassociate themselves from any and all religious considerations when formulating the annual school calendar. Tom Hall is joined in the studio by Dr. Homayra Ziad, the Muslim Scholar at the Institute for Christian & Jewish Studies, and Peter Danchin, a professor of law at the University of Maryland Law School, who has worked with a research project called Politics of Religious Freedom.

We’re still reflecting on the election three weeks ago. As part of our series on religion, Living Questions, Tom Hall explores how religion influences politics.

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This morning, we begin a series called 'Living Questions,' a monthly series of conversations about issues surrounding religion, theology and ethics. We’re partnering with the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies, an organization that for nearly 30 years has worked to cultivate religious literacy and inter-faith understanding. Joining Tom in the studio is Dr. Homayra Ziad, Dr. Benjamin Sax and Dr. Heather Miller Rubens.