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Women in the Bible  (aired 10/6/2005)
Many of us can recall powerful stories of important figures from the Old Testament, leaders like Abraham, Joseph, and King David. But today’s guest argues that there are other important characters in the Bible who have often been overlooked — women. These Biblical women had a powerful impact on the society around them and on the moral lessons that we can take with us today. Who were these women and what can we learn from their stories?

The King James Bible  (aired 12/16/2004)
Four hundred years ago, a Scottish king ascended the throne of a deeply divided England. Bubonic plague had broken out in the towns and cities. Within two years, political terrorists would be plotting to blow up Parliament. And many of the most fundamental assumptions about spiritual life were being called into question by the movement known as the Reformation. In that time of turmoil, some fifty scholars and clergymen began work on what would become the most influential and awe-inspiring book of English prose ever produced: the King James Bible. How did it happen?

The Next Pope: Part Two  (aired 8/12/2004)
Pope John Paul II has presided over the Roman Catholic Church for 25 years. The next pope will be the 265th successor to St. Peter. He will face a church that is described as split between the politically powerful and more liberal clergy in Europe and the more traditional Catholics leading a rapidly expanding Church in the Third World. It is said that factions within the Church are already jockeying for position. Will the next Pope hold to the current line? Or institute major changes? Should he? Will we see another Italian at the head of the Catholic Church? Or is it time for a Pope from the poor nations?

What Do We Know About the Bible?  (aired 4/17/2003)
Recently an Israeli antiquities collector revealed the existence of a stone artifact inscribed with the words "James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus." The discovery set off a storm of controversy among archeologists, historians, and biblical scholars. What is science - once the scourge of religion - now telling us about the people and culture of Biblical times? Can the Bible serve as both a book of religious faith as well as historical facts?

Is Satan Dead?  (aired 1/18/1996)
Andrew Delbanco’s new book says that Satan is dead. Do we need the devil to keep us on the straight and narrow, or perhaps does Satan provide some people with an excuse to do the inexcusable?

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