I was interviewed for David Suchet’s new series on Questions of Faith on Amazon Audible. Suchet is an English actor, known for his work on British stage and television. He played Edward Teller in the TV serial Oppenheimer and received the RTS and BPG awards for his performance as Augustus Melmotte. He earned international recognition and acclaim for his performance as Agatha Christie’s detective Hercule Poirot in Agatha Christie’s Poirot, for which he received a 1991 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nomination.
The overall theme of this podcast series is religion and conflict. The focus is on the three Abrahamic faiths — it’s a religious affairs production rather than a political one. Although Islam is indeed one and the same.
Clearly this is a departure for Suchet. He is rather a distinguished actor — not a journalist — and he was chosen to give the series “an original and refreshing tone.”
And while he has a voice for radio and he assembles an esteemed group of thinkers, clergy, et al in the UK, Middle East and USA. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Dr Rowan Williams and Hamza Yusuf were interviewed, as well as historians and ordinary people of faith, and no faith.
The series is a moral equivocation. The premise is all religions are equal (in all ways), and Suchet tries to be evenhanded when he posits, “Who do the Jews think they are?” “Do they follow a G-d of love or a G-d of war?” This is absurd and very much disconnected from reality, and has no basis in the Jewish scriptures. On the contrary, The Jewish priestly blessings end – as do the vast majority of Jewish prayers – with a prayer for peace. Peace, said the rabbis, is one of the names of God himself, and Maimonides writes that the whole Torah was given to make peace in the world (Laws of Hanukah 4:14). If any religion is a religion of peace ….
And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.—Isaiah 2:3–4
The episode with my interview is Episode Six: The War on Terror
Audible offer a 30 day free trial, so you can listen to the series and then cancel your subscription at no cost.
And while much of Suchet’s multicultural gobbldygook reflects the failed narrative of the left, I am glad I had the opportunity to address an audience who would otherwise never be exposed to harsh truths and frank discussion.
My segment starts at minute 8:00.
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This fascinating new show from Audible’s nascent podcasting arm sees Suchet – best known as Poirot, but boasting a varied stage and screen career – explore another of his other passions: theology. While previous TV docs saw him focus on saints from his own religion, Christianity, here (in a podcast that launches on 9 March) he presents a more wide-reaching look at the intersection between the Abrahamic faiths. The result is a brilliant primer, featuring voices from across the divides and considering subjects including 9/11 and the Troubles. HJD
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