Karl Marx considered it the “opiate of the masses.” But for countless others it is a source of strength and lends a dignity to otherwise impoverished lives. Religion professor Susan Kwilecki (Radford University), author of Becoming Religious: Understanding Devotion to the Unseen, discusses her study of believers in south Georgia. How, she asks, can people believe in something of which there is little tangible evidence? Religion professor Sallie Behn King (James Madison University) offers a guided tour through the world’s major religions and examines the growing interest in inter-religious dialogue.

Find the audio for part one here.

Find the audio for part two here.

Also featured: A visit with those for whom devotion is a way of life – the Cistercian nuns of a central Virginia monastery.

Find the audio for part three here.

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