The Chosen, Part 1

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It is an idea that is ancient, and yet time has not dulled its vitality. It is an idea that echoes throughout history, and has inspired both genocide - and selfless service to others. It is alive today in the rhetoric of American politicians trumpeting their country's "special role in the world." But it is also alive in the lives of ordinary people who devote their time helping the marginalized and forgotten. It is the biblical idea of chosenness.

IDEAS producer Frank Faulk examines this biblical concept's centrality to Western thought and culture, through the lens of religion, politics, and psychology. Part 2 airs Thursday, July 17.

Participants in the program:

Scott M. Langston, teaches Religious and Biblical Studies at Texas Christian University, in Fort Worth, Texas.
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Sylvia Keesmaat teaches Biblical Studies at Trinity College in Toronto.

Miriam Margles is a Toronto-based rabbi, social activist and educator, who gives workshops on Jewish spirituality.

Nevin Reda is a professor of Muslim studies at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in Toronto.

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