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The Future of Faith with Harvey Cox and E. J. Dionne

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Harvard Theologian Harvey Cox’s new book, The Future of Faith, posits that Christianity is undergoing a period of transformation marked by a disregard of dogma in favor of a more open “spirituality,” and a collapse of barriers between different religions. One of the casualties of this transformation is an historically influential actor in American politics: religious fundamentalism.

In this edition of Book Talk Radio, professor Cox talks with Washington Post columnist E. J. Dionne about the evolving role of faith in our lives and in American politics.

This is a prerecorded episode of Book Talk Radio, created in partnership with the Center for American Progress. The conversation is moderated by Todd Gitlin.

Harvey Cox is Hollis Research Professor of Divinity at Harvard, where he began teaching in 1965, both at HDS and in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. An American Baptist minister, he was the Protestant chaplain at Temple University and the director of religious activities at Oberlin College; an ecumenical fraternal worker in Berlin; and a professor at Andover Newton Theological School. His research and teaching interests focus on the interaction of religion, culture, and politics. His most recent book is The Future of Faith.

E. J. Dionne is a syndicated columnist for the Washington Post and a professor at Georgetown University. His books include the best-selling Why Americans Hate Politics (Simon & Schuster), which won the Los Angeles Times book prize and was nominated for the National Book Award. His latest book is Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right.