The Flesh Made Word

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19970810

In the second of five interval talks on religion and language, comic Jewish novelist Howard Jacobson resists the temptation to simplify God and looks for him instead in all the chaotic, contradictory energy of the world - good and evil, laughter and terror, creation and destruction.

19970822

The last of five interval talks on religion and language.

Poet and novelist Michele Roberts laments the way male-dominated religions have tried to stifle and control important parts of our humanity - imagination, creation, passion and sex.

19970906

Priest and poet R S Thomas considers the relationship between religion and language.

19980724

Leading writers consider the relationship between religion and language.

Writer, barrister and atheist John Mortimer, who unsuccessfully defended Gay News against a charge of blasphemy in 1977, asks whether writers are not more in need of legal protection from religion than the other way round.

19980727

Leading writers consider the relationship between religion and language.

What happens when you put faith - or the lack of it - into words? In an unscripted talk, TS Eliot Prize-winning Australian poet Les Murray describes how both poetry and religion can work like a rear view mirror in which you can occasionally catch glimpses of God.

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Leading writers consider the relationship between religion and language.

Joanna Trollope, the chronicler and favourite of Middle England, discusses the writer's obligation to face up to the darker side of human existence and to tell the truth.

19980802

What happens when you put faith - or the lack of it - into words? Playwright Graham Reid discusses how much, or how little the Protestant culture of his native Northern Ireland has to do with its religious label.

19980814

Historian and travel writer William Dalrymple reflects on the ten years he has spent in India and the Near, Middle and Far East, tugging at threads in an effort to unravel the lattice of human history.

Human Beings Are Animals Who Speak19970819

The fourth of five interval talks on religion and language.

Religious historian and ex-nun Karen Armstrong discusses the dangers of trying to put God into words.

She admits that, because `human beings are animals who speak', we are doomed to keep trying.

My Beautiful Launderette19970818

The third of five interval talks on religion and language.

Hanif Kureishi's novels and films such as `My Beautiful Launderette' and `The Buddha of Suburbia' offer rare insights into the identity crisis facing many Asians in today's Britain.

He discusses the ambiguities of belief and belonging for young Muslims who feel forced to choose between conflicting Islamic and Western cultures.

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What happens when you try to put faith - or the lack of it - into words? In five interval talks, writers attempt to answer these questions from their own personal and cultural perspectives.

1: Bestselling author and screenwriter Fay Weldon describes how putting anything into words changes it and wonders what effect all our words have had on God.

Is God by any other name still God?