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Here are some previous Think Tank programs that may be of interest.
21st Century Science, Part Two (aired 11/24/2005)
Human cloning, stem-cell research, global warming, and so-called “Intelligent Design” are only a few of the countless issues that seem to intertwine science, morality, commerce, and politics. Where is the balance? What is the role of the government in guiding scientific discovery?
21st Century Science, Part One (aired 11/17/2005)
In the 21st century, scientific advances may help people live longer lives, be smarter, stronger, and even happier. Most every day we hear about designer babies, miracle cures, you name it — thanks mostly to genetic engineering. But despite the promised benefits, some opponents believe science is going too far and should be strictly regulated. Politics intervene. What are the moral and ethical controversies surrounding genetic science?
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?
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