Live simulcast will feature “God Is One” discussion with Bruce Feiler and Karen King
Sedona AZ (December 6, 2012) – New York’s famous 92nd Street Y returns to Sedona on Sunday, Dec. 16 when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the live simulcast discussion “God Is One: Moses, Jesus, Muhammad” featuring Bruce Feiler and Karen King with moderator Reza Aslan. The special simulcast event will take place at 6:15 p.m. at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre, live as it is happening in New York.
Take a journey with some of the most fascinating and dynamic thinkers and writers on religion today. Monotheism is a very new idea in the history of religions, yet it has become the foundation of the three great western religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Are prophets inventors of religion, or are they social reformers who, as mouthpieces of the gods, strive to amend and reinterpret the existing beliefs and practices of their communities?
Bruce Feiler is one of America’s most popular voices on faith, family and finding meaning in everyday life. He is the best-selling author of nine books, including Walking the Bible, Abraham and America’s Prophet, and one of only a handful of writers to have four consecutive New York Times nonfiction bestsellers in the last decade. He is also the writer/presenter of the PBS miniseries Walking the Bible. His latest book, The Council of My Dad: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me, tells the uplifting story of how friendship and community can help one survive life’s greatest challenges. Feiler has written for numerous publications, including The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and Gourmet, where he won three James Beard Awards. He is also a frequent contributor to National Public Radio, CNN and Fox News.
Karen L. King was appointed to the Harvard Divinity School in 1998 and from 2003 to 2009 served as the Winn Professor of Ecclesiastical History. In October 2009, she became the first woman appointed as the Hollis Professor of Divinity, the oldest endowed chair in the United States (1721). Trained in comparative religions and historical studies, King pursues teaching and research specialties in the history of Christianity. Her books include The Secret Revelation of John; The Gospel of Mary of Magdala: Jesus and the First Woman Apostle; What Is Gnosticism?; Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity (with Elaine Pagels); and Revelation of the Unknowable God.
The discussion’s moderator, Dr. Reza Aslan, an internationally acclaimed writer and scholar of religions, is the founder of an online journal for news and entertainment about the Middle East and the world. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and the Pacific Council on International Policy. Aslan’s first book is the International Bestseller, No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, which has been translated into thirteen languages, and named one of the 100 most important books of the last decade.
Live from NY’s 92nd Street Y: “God is One: Moses, Jesus, Muhammad” will be shown live on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 6:15 p.m. The event is sponsored by Billy and Cheryl Geffon.
Tickets are $15 (general admission) or $12.50 for Film Festival members and are available in advance at the festival office. Both the theatre and film festival office are located at 2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona. Call 928-282-1177 for tickets and information or visit www.SedonaFilmFestival.com.