Why ISIS Declared a Caliphate, World Religions 101: Christianity, and More

This week on Interfaith Voices:

ISIS’ Caliphate Fantasy

In the history of Islam, caliphates have existed in many forms–most of them very different from the one proclaimed by the so-called “Islamic State.” The first caliphates were ruled by disciples of the prophet Muhammad and were supposed to be created by a consensus of Muslims. But the mighty empires of the next 1400 years bore little resemblance to the Islamic State. Two writers say ISIS’s interpretation of Islamic law would be deeply unattractive to most caliphs of history.

World Religions 101: Christianity

You might think you already know what Stephen Prothero is going to say in the fourth part of our series on the world’s major religions. But if you think you know the most popular religion in the United States, think again. He says Christianity is always changing, a “dizzying diversity” of interpretations and practices.

Featured speakers/guests:

Reza Aslan, author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth

Graeme Wood, author of the New Republic article What ISIS’ Leader Really Wants

Stephen Prothero, author of God is One: The Eight Rival Religions that Run the World and Why Their Differences Matter

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