October 7, 2004
Sharon Salzberg , Lawrence Kushner , Anne Lamott , Et Al. —
The Meaning of Faith

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.

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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.

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After listening to the podcast, people all have their way to define what faith is. However, the similarity among all those definition is that faith is about the commitment between a person and religion that they believe. Personally, faith is a really vague and non-specific topic. People have different religion backgrounds, so they have various ways to express their faith in the God they believe. Some people would like to practice what they believe to show their faith in God. On the other hand, some people prefer the interaction between themselves and God. No matter what, I think the most important thing is that people should always put god into their consideration.

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