On this episode of State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’s weekly radio show and podcast, Rev. Welton Gaddy will address spirituality, social media Scripture, and being Jewish at Christmastime. We will start by speaking with Dr. Diana Butler-Bass, a theologian who focuses her work on American religion and culture and recently released her ninth book. Then, we will share two interviews from our archives, each of which discusses Christmas in its own unique way. The first segment features Dr. Jana Riess, who set out to tweet the Bible and gained new insight in the process. We asked Jana for the “Twelve Tweets of Christmas.” Our show will conclude with an interview in which Rabbi Brad Hirschfield discusses Christmastime in the United States from his perspective

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Faith and Spirituality
We’ll sit down with Dr. Diana Butler-Bass, theologian, speaker, author, and independent scholar specializing in American religion and culture, to discuss her most recent book, Grounded: Finding God in the World – A Spiritual Revolution. This new volume, which was published in October, serves as a follow-up to her highly praised book, Christianity After Religion: The End of Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening.

From the Archives: Tweeting the Bible and the “Twelve Tweets of Christmas”
In a segment that first aired around the holidays in 2013, Dr. Jana Riess, author of the Twible, spoke with us about her years-long project to methodically condense Biblical stories into 140-character tweets. Through her work on this project, which was later turned into a book, she found both humor and new meaning in the language of the text. She described her discoveries and shared her “Twelve Tweets of Christmas” in this interview.

From the Archives: Christmastime with a Rabbi
Lastly, as part of our continued celebration of ten years of State of Belief, we’ll walk down memory lane with the 2012 Christmastime interview of Rabbi Brad Hirschfield, president of Clal, the National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership. Rabbi Hirschfield spoke about being Jewish in the United States during the Christmas season, which is especially relevant this week.

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