Season 1, Episode 3 – Samir Selmanovic

Join Carol Howard Merritt and Bruce Reyes-Chow as they welcome writer and pastor Samir Selmanovic (It’s Really All About God: Reflections of a Muslim Atheist Jewish Christian). Also, Carol and Bruce speak with pastor Ruth Everhart about the new reports that abstinence only sex education actually works.

This episode features the music of Oran Etkin.

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Some highlights from this episode:

0:01: Carol speaks with pastor Jan Edminston about how the world her son inhabits is different than the one she grew up in.
3:35: Carol introduces the theme of the episode and Samir Selmanovic
5:18: Carol and Samir talk about growing up in Yugoslavia; “I grew up in a very happy country”
12:45: Samir shares how he came to his faith
16:20: Samir shares his family’s reaction to his conversion; “thou shalt in enjoy life and not be a jerk”
20:50: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 1 of Samir interview; “Don’t get me started on all this ‘be all you can be’ stuff”
33:00: Samir shares about living in NYC in the aftermath of 9/11; organizing a Christian-Musilm dialogue
38:00: Religious exclusivism is like “being drunk”;
47:15: Bruce and Carol reflect on Part 2 of Samir interview
59:30: Bruce and Carol speak with Ruth Everhart about the new reports that abstinence only sex education actually works.
1:18:17: Promo for next week’s episode: Carol talks with film director Daniel Karslake about embracing his film For The Bible Tells Me So

Items mentioned this episode:
Abstinence-only programs might work, study says – Washington Post, 2/2/10

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2 Responses to “Season 1, Episode 3 – Samir Selmanovic”
  1. Janet L. Bohren says:

    This is a really good episode. So enjoyed the 3 different interviews. Talk between Carol and Bruce made a lot more sense to me this week and really seemed right on the themes. I taught human sexuality in high school in the seventies and so particularly enjoyed discussion of how to talk with kids today. I agree with Ruth that emphasizing the whole healthy body/spirit approach is the best way to go.


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