Episode 13: Abraham

This week, our hosts discuss one of the most critical, and potentially divisive, figures in their religious traditions: Abraham. How do Jews, Muslims, and Christians view this influential figure? Is it right to emphasize his role as the progenitor of the three “Abrahamic” religions? Abraham’s calling is the beginning of the story of election, and he is considered the first monotheist. Yet how did he arrive at belief in God? Was it by reason or by faith? And does God’s command to Abraham to sacrifice his son represent an ethical dilemma?

Notre Dame Department of Theology
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Minding Scripture is a podcast where divine word and human reason meet. We explore questions that believers and skeptics alike ask about the Bible and the Qur’an. In their conversations on scripture and its interpretations, Francesca Murphy, Gabriel Reynolds, Mun’im Sirry, Tzvi Novick, and guest speakers reflect the deep intellectual diversity of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. In a world marked by irrational discourse about religion, this podcast seeks to demonstrate that faith sharpens and quickens the ability to reason in friendship.

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September 8, 2020

Religion and PhilosophyChristianityChurchFrancesca MurphyGabriel ReynoldsIslamJudaismMun'im SirryReligionTheologyTzvi Novick