Idolatry for Beginners

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Partial image of "The Adoration of the Golden Calf" by Nicholas Poussin, 1633-1634.


At a time of widespread obsession with everything from money to celebrity to the latest in techno gadgetry, does the idea of idolatry have more than religious significance? IDEAS producer Frank Faulk explores the meaning of idolatry in a secular age.

Participants in the program:

Stephen Batchelor: Stephen is a former Buddhist monk in the Tibetan and Zen tradition. He is also a bestselling author. His books include Buddhism without Beliefs, Living with the Devil, and more recently Confession of a Buddhist Atheist.  Stephen also lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide. 

Lorna Dueck: Lorna is the creator, host and executive producer of Context a television show that explores current affairs from a Christian perspective.  She is also a public speaker and regular commentary writer on faith and public life in Canada's leading national newspaper, The Globe & Mail.

Mark Sundeen: Mark is the author of The Man Who Quit Money, a book that explores Daniel Seulo's quest to live without money.  Mark is also an award-winning writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, and the Believer.

Daniel Suelo: Since the year 2000 Daniel Seulo has lived without money.  He makes his home in a cave located in the beautiful red rock canyons of Utah. For food he forages mulberries and wild onions, scavenges road-kill raccoons and squirrels, and pulls expired groceries from dumpsters.  But his life is not one of a hermit. Daniel makes regular visits to the near-by town of Moab.  As well as seeing friends, he spends time at the local library on a computer blogging and sharing with others the joy and freedom that comes from living without money. 

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