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Vincent Lam On The Complexities Of Religious Faith
June 4, 2012
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Scotiabank Giller Award-winning writer (and medical doctor) Vincent Lam discusses what it's like to be a person of faith today - alongside his deep commitment to socially progressive values and open debate. George asks Vincent how he feels about the media depiction of religion today, and how his scientific training as a doctor informs his point of view on the ephemeral and the unknown.

He's in the red chair tonight, along with actor Emile Hirsch and documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney.

On media bias in the depiction of faith:
To the question of what we see: well, there's a certain media bias. So, picture most of my friends who are of a number of faiths and who are really lovely people, whom anybody would have an interesting and engaged conversation with, who are able to see many sides of an argument and are not going to say, "Oh, my way is the way". Well, those people aren't a news story. Those people are your friends. A news story is someone who is extreme. So for better or for worse, the media representation of faith - all faiths - is biased towards that kind of extreme (and there can be a certain self-reinforcing effect that comes out of that). But, you know, I'm comfortable engaging with my faith as an ongoing conversation, as an open conversation about what matters to me.


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