Meacham, Quinn Launch Religion Feature
More than 50 prominent religious leaders, scholars and activists will participate in On Faith, an online discussion of religion and its impact. Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham and Washington Post writer Sally Quinn are the moderators of the new feature, which launched this morning.
Nobel Prize winners Desmond Tutu and Elie Wiesel, former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami, Rick Warren, author of The Purpose Driven Life, and Elaine Pagels, author of The Gnostic Gospels, are among the members of On Faith's extraodinary panel of contributors. Each week, Quinn and Meacham will pose a question on a religious or spiritual topic, and panel members as well as readers will be encouraged to weigh in.
Religious faith is "perhaps the most pervasive and least understood force in human affairs:", said Meacham and Quinn in welcoming readers to the new feature. "...we think that the online world, with its limitless space, offers us a unique opportunity to carry on a fruitful and intriguing and above all constructive conversation about the things that matter most."
Meacham, who was named Newsweek's editor in October, is the author of this year's bestselling American Gospel: God, the Founding Fathers, and the Making of a Nation. Quinn, a longtime writer for The Post, is writing a book on religion in Washington.
On Faith is the second collaborative commentary feature published jointly by washingtonpost.com and Newsweek. The first, PostGlobal, is a discussion of international issues moderated by Washington Post Columnist and Associate Editor David Ignatius and Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria.
Caryle Murphy, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and the author of Passion for Islam: Shaping the Modern Middle East: The Egyptian Experience will edit On Faith.
-- Hal Straus, washingtonpost.com Opinions and Community Editor
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