Anthropologist T.M. Luhrmann studies the personal relationships evangelicals develop with God. In her book When God Talks Back, she explains how relationships with God are often cemented through the power of prayer.
On Sunday Christians all over the world will observe Easter Sunday with joy. But what is joy? Host Scott Simon talks with Father James Martin, a Jesuit priest, contributing editor to America Magazine and author of Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor and Laughter Are at the Heart of Spiritual Life.
A long-standing myth holds that Catholics eat fish on Fridays because of a secret pact a medieval pope made to sell more fish. That's just a fish tale. The real story behind fish Fridays is much better.
These days, there are hundreds of quality kosher wines, so there's no need to dread the four glasses involved in the ceremonial Passover Seder. Host Michel Martin discusses the expanding world of kosher wine with Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of the National Synagogue, and wine aficionado Yossie Horwitz.
The period before Easter is a time of sacrifice and reflection. It's when Christians find hope in conquering earthly challenges by considering Christ's sacrifice. But perhaps some people feel they've already sacrificed plenty just to stay afloat. On Good Friday, host Michel Martin talks about finding hope and rebirth with Pastor Rudy Rasmus.
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