A Funny and Honest Conversation About Religion
Gina Murdock, Elaine Pagels, and Kate Bowler talk about religion and personal struggles at Winter Words, an author series held by Aspen Words. Their conversation was held February 26.
Kate Bowler and Elaine Pagels both teach religion, write about religion, and have experienced immense hardships. In this frank and funny conversation, they explore why people still seek ancient religious teachings in our modern age. In moving and relatable moments, they explain how they overcome loss, illness, and isolation. Pagels is the author of The Gnostic Gospels and Why Religion?: A Personal Story. Bowler is the author of Blessed: A History of the American Prosperity Gospel and Everything Happens for a Reason (and other lies I’ve loved). They speak with Gina Murdock, a writer, yoga teacher, and community organizer.
For more information about the topics discussed in this episode, visit the links below.
- The Gnostic Gospels
- After her son and husband died, Elaine Pagels wondered why religion survives, The Washington Post
- Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me, Kate Bowler (New York Times)
- Everythng Happens for a Reason (and other lies I've loved)
The views and opinions of the speakers in the podcast do not necessarily reflect those of the Aspen Institute.