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Free Thinking - Religion Without Belief: Buddhist thinker Stephen Batchelor; Kader Abdolah; Linda Woodhead

February 23rd, 2016

Episode 1106 of 1220 episodes

Rana Mitter discusses religion and modernity, including a conversation with Buddhist thinker Stephen Batchelor on how ancient traditions can adapt to meet modern needs. They are joined by Kader Abdolah, who's recently produced a new translation of The Qur'an, classicist Tim Whitmarsh, who has written on atheism in the Ancient Greek World, and the sociologist of religion Linda Woodhead who has investigated what people really mean when they tick the 'No Religion' box on surveys. Tim Whitmarsh is the author of Battling The Gods: Atheism In The Ancient World. Linda Woodhead is the author of That Was The Church That Was. Kader Abdolah is the author of The Qur'an - A Journey and The Messenger - A Tale Retold. Stephen Bachelor is the author of Buddhism - rethinking the dharma for a secular age. Producer: Luke Mulhall

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