In our time, some associate the word "religion" with rigid dogma and the excesses of institutions. The word "spirituality" on the other hand can seem to have little substance or form. The word "faith" can appear as a compromise of sorts, pointing to the content of religious tradition and spiritual experience. The truth is, all of these words are vague in the abstract. They gain meaning in the context of human experience.
In this show, we'll explore the connotations of the word "faith" in four traditions and lives: Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. We'll speak with Sharon Salzberg, Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, Anne Lamott, and Omid Safi.
is co-founder of the Insight Meditation Society and author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience.
is a rabbi in the Reform tradition of Judaism. His books include Jewish Spirituality: A Brief Introduction for Christians.
is the best-selling author of many books including Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith.
is Assistant Professor of Islamic Studies at Colgate University and Co-Chair of the Study of Islam section at the American Academy of Religion.