The Danish philosopher, Soren Kierkegaard, used the story of Abraham and the binding of Isaac as starting point for his classic work. Read how he reimagines the story in four different ways.
The sacred story of Abraham traverses the geography of the most bitter political conflict in the modern world — beginning in what is now southern Iraq and ending in the West Bank city of Hebron. Yet Abraham is the common patriarch of Judaism, Islam, and Christianity. We explore the story of Abraham in several traditions and why he might be important for people in our time. The hour also includes readings from the Bible and the Qur'an as well as music from the likes of Bob Dylan and Benjamin Britten on the figure of Abraham.
from Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy
performed by Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars
from Benjamin Britten: The Five Canticles & 3 Purcell Realisations
performed by Anthony Rolfe Johnson et al.
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Host/Producer: Krista Tippett
Managing Producer: Kate Moos
Senior Producer: Mitch Hanley
Consulting Editor: Bill Buzenberg
Producer: Colleen Scheck
Associate Producer: Jody Abramson
Online Editor: Trent Gilliss
Religious fundamentalism has reshaped our view of world events. In this show, host Krista Tippett explores the appeal of fundamentalism in Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, as experienced from the inside. Three accomplished men, who were religious extremists at one time in their lives, provide revealing insight into the spiritual and cultural dimensions of fundamentalism. They also discuss religious impulses which counter the fundamentalist world view and helped them break free.