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Faith Angle brings together top scholars and leading journalists for smart conversations around some of the most profound questions in the public square. Rather than a current-events debrief, our goal is a substantive conversation one notch beneath the surface, drawing out how religious convictions manifest themselves in American culture and public life.

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    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 59 Ratings

Faith Angle brings together top scholars and leading journalists for smart conversations around some of the most profound questions in the public square. Rather than a current-events debrief, our goal is a substantive conversation one notch beneath the surface, drawing out how religious convictions manifest themselves in American culture and public life.

    Leading Insights from the 2024 Michael Cromartie Forum

    Leading Insights from the 2024 Michael Cromartie Forum

    Building on the legacy of Michael Cromartie (1950-2017), who founded Faith Angle Forum a quarter-century ago, MCF brings together a select group of exceptionally talented, early-career journalists for a three-day conference in the nation’s capital, focusing on the intersection of faith, culture, and journalism today. This year’s forum explored new narratives in American history, reconsidered the relationship between spirituality and vocational journalism, and examined the interplay between race, religion, and identity in diverse democracies.
     
    Additional Resources:
    Michael Cromartie Forum 2024
    Journalism, Religion, and Vocation with Will Saletan and Eugene Scott
    Religion and Journalism: An Integrating Workshop with Miranda Kennedy and Molly Ball
    The Spirit of Our Politics with Michael Wear and Jon Ward 
    The Nation That Never Was: Reconstructing America's Story with Kermit Roosevelt and Pete Wehner 
    Understanding Race, Religion, and Identity for Diverse Democracies with Simran Jeet Singh
     
     

    • 38 min
    Brad Wilcox and Isabel Sawhill: On Marriage

    Brad Wilcox and Isabel Sawhill: On Marriage

    In this episode, recorded at Faith Angle Miami 2024, we are joined by Brad Wilcox and Isabel Sawhill for a fascinating, timely conversation about marriage patterns, family structure, shifting gender norms, and poverty rates. In a time of deep polarization, are certain approaches better than others when it comes to exploring the benefits of marriage for children? How does marriage compare with cohabitation, and how do we avoid getting caught in culture war cul du sacs when discussing gender roles, marriage norms, and solutions that can benefit low-income families? Two seminal scholars in this field, Brad and Belle highlight themes from their decades of scholarship on these topics and, in particular, from Brad's most recent book, Get Married.
     
    Guests
    W. Bradford Wilcox
    Isabel Sawhill
     
    Additional Resources 
    "Poverty, Religion, and the New Marriage Debate," Faith Angle Miami 2024 session video with Brad Wilcox and Isabel Sawhill
    Brad Wilcox PPT Slides
    Isabel Sawhill PPT Slides
    "How to Think - and Talk - About Marriage Today," by Will Saletan 
    Get Married: Why Americans Must Defy the Elites, Forge Strong Families, and Save Civilization, by Brad Wilcox
    Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood without Marriage, by Isabel Sawhill 
    The Two-Parent Privilege: How Americans Stopped Getting Married and Started Falling Behind, by Melissa Kearney

    • 47 min
    John Inazu and Matthew Kaminski: Learning to Disagree

    John Inazu and Matthew Kaminski: Learning to Disagree

    In this episode, we are joined by John Inazu, who is the Sally D. Danforth Distinguished Professor of Law & Religion and Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis. This week, he published his fourth book: Learning to Disagree: The Surprising Path to Navigating Differences with Empathy and Respect.
    John sits down to discuss differences, respect, bridge-building, and the unique role of journalism in all this, with Matt Kaminski, editor-at-large of POLITICO, and the co-founder of POLITICO Europe. Matt served as editor-in-chief of POLITICO from 2019-2023, and he’s covered international politics for more than a quarter-century, still writing regularly on global affairs today. 
    Together they discuss whether it is possible to disagree in ways that somehow build bridges with neighbors, coworkers, and loved ones, and what role journalists can play in helping us see reality more clearly.
     
    Guests
    John Inazu
    Matthew Kaminski
     
    Additional Resources 
    Learning to Disagree: The Surprising Path to Navigating Differences with Empathy and Respect, by John Inazu
    Confident Pluralism: Surviving and Thriving Through Deep Difference, by John Inazu
    "'Beyond Crazy': The Liberal Jew Mugged by a Post-Oct. 7 World," by Matthew Kaminski

    • 49 min
    The Exvangelicals: Sarah McCammon and Ruth Graham

    The Exvangelicals: Sarah McCammon and Ruth Graham

    In this episode, we are joined by Sarah McCammon, National Political Correspondent at NPR, to discuss her book Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church. In it, Sarah tells a compelling, personal story about family, marriage, politics, and church—and she concisely boils down insights from scholars like David Gushee, Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Christian Smith, and others you’ll hear her reference. If the great de-churching currently happening in American society is most acutely felt by Gen Z and Millennials, Sarah’s story is right in the heart of that. And since no one really knows where the future is headed, one question to ask is: If evangelicals or other religious Americans leave the fold, what replaces that unique sense of purpose, transcendent faith, and community? Joining Sarah to discuss that and other urgent questions is Ruth Graham, the brilliant New York Times’ religion, faith, and values reporter.
     
    Guests:
    Sarah McCammon
    Ruth Graham
     
    Additional Resources:
    The Exvangelicals: Loving, Living, and Leaving the White Evangelical Church, by Sarah McCammon
    "Evangelical Writer Who Influenced Purity Culture Separates from Wife," by Sarah McCammon and Ruth Graham
    "Two Evangelical Leaders on 'Radical Faith'," by Ruth Graham 
    Testimony: Inside the Evangelical Movement That Failed a Generation, by Jon Ward 

    • 46 min
    Michael Wear and Tim Alberta: The Spirit of Our Politics

    Michael Wear and Tim Alberta: The Spirit of Our Politics

    In this episode, we are joined again by Tim Alberta of The Atlantic and Michael Wear of the Center for Christianity and Public Life, to discuss Michael's brand new book The Spirit of Our Politics: Spiritual Formation and the Renovation of Public Life. Michael has been engaging the condition of American politics for more than 15 years, after serving in the White House, helping to launch and lead the AND Campaign, and advising leading policymakers, journalists, practitioners at the intersection of faith and public policy. 
    Drawing from this experience as well as the work and influence of noteworthy Christian philosopher Dallas Willard, Michael argues that our politics will only get better if we get better. The only way to transcend the current polarized morass we’re in is to deepen and revitalize our spiritual formation. Our politics is downstream of the kind of people we are.
    The Spirit of Our Politics argues that the way forward is to better align our political and civic engagement with our religious commitments. And while the democratic answer for believers is never theonomy, or Christian nationalism, or privileging a majority identity—Michael and Tim sketch the contours of what faithful, integrated living might produce.
     
    Guests:
    Michael Wear 
    Tim Alberta 
     
    Additional Resources:
    The Spirit of Our Politics: Spiritual Formation and the Renovation of Public Life, by Michael Wear 
    The Center for Christianity & Public Life
    The Kingdom, The Power, and The Glory: American Evangelicals in an Age of Extremism, by Tim Alberta
    "The Surprising Link between the Gospel and Politics," by Michael Wear
    Wear We Are Podcast, with Michael and Melissa Wear 
    "Tim Alberta and Michael Wear: The Kingdom, The Power, and The Glory," Faith Angle podcast episode  

    • 53 min
    Elizabeth Bruenig and Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac: Advent in the Holy Land

    Elizabeth Bruenig and Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac: Advent in the Holy Land

    On today’s episode, we are joined by The Atlantic’s Elizabeth Bruenig for an Advent reflection with Rev. Dr. Munther Isaac, assistant pastor of Christmas Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bethlehem. Rev. Isaac is an evangelical pastor whose life and ministry have been rooted in Bethlehem in the West Bank, where he is a theologian, Bible college dean, a leader of the peacebuilding initiative Christ at the Checkpoint, and part of the ancient but fast-dwindling community of Christians in the Holy Land. This Christmas, as there is war in the Holy Land, this sobering conversation points to the hope of the Incarnation in the midst of suffering—offered from a unique vantage point and moment, in the place of Christ’s birth.
     
    Guests:
    Munther Isaac
    Elizabeth Bruenig
     
    Additional Resources:
    The Other Side of the Wall: A Christian Palestinian Narrative of Lament and Hope, by Munther Isaac
    "Christmas is canceled in the land of Jesus' birth," by Queen Rania Al Abdullah in The Washington Post 
    "In Bethlehem, the home of Jesus' birth, a season of grieving for Palestinian Christians," by Laura King in The Los Angeles Times

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

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59 Ratings

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Excellent

Consistently thought-provoking. A diverse group of interviewees. Worth your time!

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Magnificent

Josh Good and the Faith Angle Forum have created something extraordinary: nuanced conversations about religion. GetReligion’s Terry Mattingly has been shouting from the rooftops about the religion angle in journalism for years and now, someone is helping him fill in that gap.

Good allows journalists, academics, policy makers, and ethicists to converse on their topics of choice. When the two guests get to talking, something magical happens. An honest talk about the issues and fascinations about belief and faith. The guest list includes an astounding number of notable names like Emma Green, Daniel Krauthammer, and David Brooks. This is a podcast that is vital for a functioning society.

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Genuine and insightful

Religion in the public square can be contentious with sides dug in on either side of issues. Journalists are often ill equipped to get the depth of concern of faith communities and faith leaders are not always great at illuminating their interests to the general public. With a friendly, conversational, inquisitive and engaged tone these podcasts strike the balance of being faithful to the needs of religionists who are put to answer relevant questions of public concern. Hence they reveal the overlap, as if on a Venn diagram, the humanity transcending and sometimes uniting the interests of people of different faiths and different political (conservative to progressive) persuasions

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