Were we predestined to be born into our religions? What if we discovered that we aren’t who we think we are?
Through DNA testing, a Turkish man learns his grandmother wasn’t who he thought she was, and he discovers he is ethnically Armenian. Does this new fact automatically change him from a Muslim to a Christian? An elderly devote Catholic learns her grandfather converted to Catholicism from Judaism to marry his sweetheart. Does she stop going to church every day? What would you do?
Questions about our religious upbringing and identity have fascinated me for as long as I can remember. But, mostly, I appreciate wisdom and learning the teachings of different traditions.
“For Priest Turned Professor, ‘Holy Envy’ Is Key To Appreciating World Religions” is a refreshing conversation about religion. Terry Gross interviewed Professor Barbara Brown Taylor, an ordained Episcopal priest for NPR’s Fresh Air podcast. Professor Taylor wrote a memoir about how she exposed her college students to different religions — taking them to different houses of worship — and what happened. Listen to the podcast or read the article and share your thoughts here.