Mystery is a Birthright: an interview with Krista Tippett.
The creator and host of On Being discusses faith, paradox, and why meaningful conversation is so hard to find.
The granddaughter of a Southern Baptist minister, Krista Tippett approaches faith from a unique perspective. “Both science and religion are set to animate the twenty-first century with new vigor,” she writes Einstein’s God, her latest book. “The dialogue that is possible—and that has developed organically, below the journalistic and political radar—is mutually illuminating and lush with promise.”
It’s that organic dialogue Tippett has sought throughout her career. For more than 10 years, Tippett has hosted On Being, a Peabody-award winning NPR program that explores the “big questions at the center of human life, from the boldest new science of the human brain to the most ancient traditions of the human spirit.” In 2011, she launched the Civil Conversations Project, which aims to create space for constructive dialogue around some of the most pressing social and political issues we face today. On September 26, Tippett led a discussion on life, choice, and women’s rights between pro-choice activist Frances Kissling and pro-life scholar David Gushee. You can check out the video here. On October 10, Tippett will moderate “The Future of Marriage,” the final installment of this year’s Civil Conversations Project series. The conversation will include gay marriage advocate Jonathon Rauch and former same-sex marriage opponent David Blankenhorn.
Our interview with Tippett followed the September 26 Civil Conversation Project discussion, “Pro Life, Pro Choice, Pro Dialogue.”