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In this hour, NPR religion reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty is a practicing Christian who interviewed mystics, skeptics and a wide range of scientists to see if her faith could really stand up to the latest scientific research. Her book is Fingerprints of God. She talks with Steve Paulson about what she learned.
Next, Adrian Wooldridge is the Washington bureau chief for the Economist Magazine and co-author (with John Micklewait) of God is Back: How the Global Revival of Faith is Changing the World. Wooldridge tells Jim Fleming that unexpectedly, religious faith has not only survived into the modern era, it's thriving.
Then, film-maker Gini Reticker tells Anne Strainchamps about her documentary, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, which tells how a group of Christian and Muslim women used the power of prayer to end the civil war in Liberia and end the brutal regime of Charles Taylor.
Finally, Robert Wright's new book is The Evolution of God. Wright tells Steve Paulson that the history of monotheism was shaped by the political events of the turbulent ancient Middle East and that Jesus was not a prophet of peace but a typical Jewish apocalyptic preacher obsessed with the approaching End Times. Nevertheless, Wright says, humanity is striving towards moral truth. [Broadcast Date: June 18, 2010]