the excluded middle way

Humphrys in Search of God

John Humphrys

“John Humphrys as you’ve never heard him before – talking with religious leaders about his unfulfilled desire to believe in God.” – Radio 4, 31 October 2006

A great set of interviews with religious leaders from ‘the big three’ in the UK. Asking how is faith possible in a world of suffering. Whether there a place for religion in an age dominated by science.

Voted Best New Programme in the 2006 VLV Awards for Excellence in Broadcasting, Humphrys’ guests are the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams; Professor Tariq Ramadan, Muslim academic and author; and Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi.

Thank you BBC for making these available on the listen again service. Not only can we listen to the interviews as broadcast but also listen to extended versions of the interviews.


Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams

  • Programme as broadcast on 31 October 2006 (29m)
  • Extended interview part 1 (54m)
  • Extended interview part 2 (37m)

Professor Tariq Ramadan

  • Programme as broadcast on Tuesday 7th November (29m)
  • Extended interview (48m)

Sir Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi

  • Programme as broadcast on Tuesday 14th November (29m)
  • Extended interview (1h 08m)
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Filed under: Atheism, Christianity, God, Islam, Judaism, Skepticism, suffering, UL

our precious human life

Why bother? Why practice anything? Why be a good person? Why make effort to get Enlightened if this like is just a meaningless trip to our deathbed?

The Tibetan Lamas were well aware of these kinds of questions and objections, and I’m guessing these teachings arose in monasteries where young monks (often as young as 7 or 8 years-old) would have needed a little bit of encouragement now and again.

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Filed under: dharma, meditation, our precious human life, suffering, Tsongkhapa

“may all suffering quickly cease”

A noble thought indeed. A thought designed to inspire. A wish that, if truly heartfelt, could turn a sloppy sod into a shinning saint.

The desire to end our suffering must have begun at the dawn of self-consciousness, the first moment a boundary was drawn between self and outside – me and my experience.

The Buddhas prescribe two remedies for suffering. a quick fix and a final solution…

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Filed under: dharma, meditation, self-grasping, subtle mind, suffering

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