Having faith in honest radio matters as much as the story

Political commentator and campaigner Andrew Sullivan
Political commentator and campaigner Andrew Sullivan Credit: BBC

The World Service is producing some of the best programmes on the BBC at the moment. Heart and Soul (World Service, Friday) is a case in point: a series about spiritual matters entirely free of the platitudes that disfigure most religious programmes. The subject matter roams widely (recent topics have included space travel and Kenyan Quakers), but it’s always an education.

For this week’s quietly enthralling episode, Fork in the Road: My Faith and My Sexuality, Jane Little interviewed writers Andrew Sullivan and Irshad Manji about how they square their religious beliefs with their personal lives. 

Sullivan is both openly gay and a practising Catholic. The Church regards him as “objectively disordered”;...

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