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One great guest for a show on this topic might be Orson Scott Card. Card's a practicing Mormon and a legendary sci-fi author much of whose work deals directly with issues of religion. One of his best known books, Speaker for the Dead, specifically imagines a new kind of humanist religious order whose core principle is a relentless empathy: its core ritual is a eulogy which attempts to lay completely naked the deceased's life as he or she experienced it, failures and all, avoiding the beatification that is so common in such situations, and its core texts are similarly empathetic histories of alien civilizations with which the human race has experienced violent conflict.