March 5, 2016 on The Drew Marshall Show
TRIBE CHRISTIANITY: Paul Young, International Bestselling Author Of The Shack
A movie adaptation of The Shack is currently in production and will be released by Lionsgate Films on August 16, 2016. Sam Worthington (Avatar, Clash Of The Titans) and Octavia Spencer (The Help) will star in it. The book has sold over 25 million copies and was #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers list for forty-nine consecutive weeks. The demand for this debut novel sparked international attention and has been translated into thirty-four languages.
Book Synopsis: In a world where religion seems to grow increasingly irrelevant The Shack wrestles with the timeless question, “Where is God in a world so filled with unspeakable pain?” Mackenzie Allen Philips’ youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack’s world forever.
February 20, 2016 on The Drew Marshall Show
TRIBE BUDDHISM: Robert Thurman, First American Ordained Tibetan Monk
Having been named by Time as one of the “25 Most Influential Americans,” Robert Thurman has cultivated a worldwide awareness of Tibet through his writing, translation of important Buddhist texts, and activism. He is the co-founder and president of Tibet House U.S., along with actor Richard Gere and modern composer Philip Glass (among others) at the behest of the 14th H.H. Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. Mr. Thurman is also the Je Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair in this field of study in the United States. Bob has been a personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years and has been hailed by the New York Times as “the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism”.
February 13, 2016 on The Drew Marshall Show
TRIBE MUSLIM: Shaykh Hamza Yusuf
Hamza Yusuf is a cofounder and current president of Zaytuna College, located in Berkeley, California. He is an advisor to Stanford University’s Program in Islamic Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies at Berkeley’s Graduate Theological Union. He also serves as vice-president for the Global Center for Guidance and Renewal, which was founded and is currently presided over by Shaykh Abdallah bin Bayyah, one of the top jurists and masters of Islamic sciences in the world. Recently, Hamza Yusuf was ranked as “the Western world’s most influential Islamic scholar” by The 500 Most Influential Muslims. The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom reported that “Hamza Yusuf is arguably the west’s most influential Islamic scholar.” Similarly, The New Yorker magazine reported that Yusuf is “perhaps the most influential Islamic scholar in the Western world”. Hamza Yusuf has authored several encyclopedia articles and research papers. Shaykh Hamza was born in Washington State and raised in Northern California. In 1977, he became Muslim and subsequently traveled to the Muslim world and studied for ten years in the U. A. E., Saudi Arabia, as well as North and West Africa. He received teaching licenses in various Islamic subjects from several well-known scholars in various countries. After ten years of studies abroad, he returned to the USA and earned degrees in Religious Studies and Health Care. He has traveled all over the world giving talks on Islam. He also founded Zaytuna Institute which has established an international reputation for presenting a classical picture of Islam in the West and which is dedicated to the revival of traditional study methods and the sciences of Islam. Shaykh Hamza is the first American lecturer to teach in Morocco’s prestigious and oldest University, the Qarawiyin in Fes. In addition, he has translated into modern English several classical Arabic traditional texts and poems. Shaykh Hamza currently resides in Northern California with his wife and five children.
January 30, 2016 on The Drew Marshall Show
TRIBE HINDU: Arun Gandhi – Grandson of THE Gandhi
Born in 1934 in Durban, South Africa, Arun is the fifth grandson of India’s legendary leader, Mohandas K. “Mahatma” Gandhi. Growing up under the discriminatory apartheid laws of South Africa, he was beaten by “white” South Africans for being too black and “black” South Africans for being too white; so, Arun sought eye-for-an-eye justice. However, he learned from his parents and grandparents that justice does not mean revenge, it means transforming the opponent through love and suffering. Grandfather taught Arun to understand nonviolence through understanding violence. For years, he has participated in the Renaissance Weekend deliberations with President Clinton and other well-respected Rhodes Scholars. Other engagements have included speaking at the United Nations, Chicago Children’s Museum, the Women’s Justice Center in Ann Arbor, Young President’s Organization in Mexico, the Trade Union Leaders’ Meeting in Milan, Italy, the Peace and Justice Center in St. Louis, Missouri, The Scottish Parliament and many more. Arun has also spoken at Universities and Colleges in all 50 states of the USA. Shortly after Arun married his wife Sunanda, they were informed the South African government would not allow her to accompany him there. Sunanda and Arun decided to live in India, and Arun worked for 30 years as a journalist for The Times of India. Together, Arun and Sunanda started projects for the social and economic uplifting of the oppressed using constructive programs, the backbone of Gandhi’s philosophy of nonviolence. The programs changed the lives of more than half a million people in over 300 villages and they still continue to grow. Sunanda died in February of 2007 and the family is working to establish a school in poorest rural India in her name. Arun is the author of several books. The first, A Patch of White (1949), is about life in prejudiced South Africa; then, he wrote two books on poverty and politics in India; followed by a compilation of M.K. Gandhi’s Wit & Wisdom. He also edited a book of essays on World Without Violence: Can Gandhi’s Vision Become Reality? And, more recently, wrote The Forgotten Woman: The Untold Story of Kastur, the Wife of Mahatma Gandhi, jointly with his late wife Sunanda.
January 23, 2016 on The Drew Marshall Show
TRIBE MORMON: Dr. Robert L. Millet: Leading Mormon Scholar
Bob Millet is Coordinator of the Office of Religious Outreach and Professor Emeritus of Religious Education at Brigham Young University. After joining the BYU faculty in 1983, he served as chair of the department of Ancient Scripture, dean of the College of Religious Education, and Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding. He is the author or editor of over 70 books and 200 articles and book chapters dealing mostly with the doctrine and history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its relationship to other faiths. Some of his books include A Different Jesus? The Christ of the Latter-day Saints; Claiming Christ: A Mormon/Evangelical Debate, co-authored with Professor Gerald R. McDermott of the Beeson Divinity School; Bridging the Divide: The Continuing Conversation Between a Mormon and an Evangelical, co-authored with Pastor Gregory Johnson, President of Standing Together Ministries; and Talking Doctrine: Mormons and Evangelicals in Conversation, co-edited with Professor Richard J. Mouw of Fuller Theological Seminary. He is also the co-author of the encyclopedic work, LDS Beliefs. He and his wife Shauna have six children and twelve grandchildren and reside in Orem, Utah.
May 4, 2013 on The Drew Marshall Show
This week we hear from our soulSURVIVOR herself! Catalina has just had the leaders of 5 religious Tribes explain to her what their tribe believes. Now it’s time for Catalina to let us know which Tribe presented the most compelling case for faith – THEN – Catalina will reveal to us if she’ll be joining that Tribe! *If you would like to call in and speak with Catalina BEFORE she makes her decision – Tune in at 4:00 PM ET!
April 27, 2013 on The Drew Marshall Show
TRIBE HARE KRISHNA: Bhaktimarga Swami – Canada’s Leader of The Hare Krishna Community
Bhaktimarga Swami achieved a remarkable feat in 1996 when he went the way of a pilgrim and walked on foot cross country from west to east across Canada, then back for a return journey from Cape Spear, Newfoundland to Vancouver Island in 2003, going full circle. He likes to share his unique experience and fond memories on the road after trekking 16,000 km’s. Swami is a consistent feature in “The Longest Road”, a recent National Film Board documentary detailing the history of the people who shaped or were shaped by the Trans Canada Highway, the world’s longest continuous maintained road. Today, Swami joins us to explain what exactly Hare Krishna’s believe! (Drew first met Catalina at Toronto’s Hare Krishna Temple during a visit with Swami Bhaktimarga. Catalina is very interested in speaking with him, so we saved Swami for last!)
April 20, 2013 on The Drew Marshall Show
TRIBE BUDDHISM: Robert Thurman – First American Ordained Tibetan Monk
Having been named by Time as one of the “25 Most Inﬂuential Americans”, Robert Thurman has cultivated a worldwide awareness of Tibet through his writing, translation of important Buddhist texts, and activism. He is the co-founder and president of Tibet House U.S., along with actor Richard Gere and modern composer Philip Glass (among others) at the behest of the 14th H.H. Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso. Mr. Thurman is also the Je Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies at Columbia University, holding the first endowed chair in this field of study in the United States. Bob has been a personal friend of the Dalai Lama for over 40 years and has been hailed by the New York Times as “the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism”.
April 13, 2013 on The Drew Marshall Show
So far we’ve heard from Tribe Mormon, Tribe Muslim & Tribe Jesus… Today, our soulSURVIVOR has left the Island and is taking a much deserved break to reflect. Catalina has been given a lot of information to digest and the journey she’s been on has been intense. So this week we’ll speak with a woman who has studied and written about the opposite end of soulSurviving – demons & evil & tortured souls!
Tosca Lee – New York Times Best Selling Author
Tosca Lee is a New York Times best-selling novelist whose works include the critically acclaimed Demon: A Memoir; Havah: The Story of Eve; & The Books of Mortals series (Forbidden, Mortal, Sovereign) with best-selling author Ted Dekker. Iscariot, is Tosca’s latest release – a highly-anticipated novel about the infamous betrayer of Christ. She is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, lyrical prose and meticulous research. Tosca received her B.A. in English and International Relations from Smith College and has also studied at Oxford University. A former first runner-up to Mrs. United States and lifelong world adventure-traveler, Tosca makes her home in the Midwest. www.toscalee.com
April 6, 2013 on The Drew Marshall Show
So far we’ve heard from Tribe Mormon, Tribe Muslim & Tribe Jesus… Today, our soulSURVIVOR has left the Island and is taking a much deserved break to reflect. Catalina has been given a lot of information to digest and the journey she’s been on has been intense. So this week we’ll speak with one of the world’s leading experts on Religion and Alternative Religious Movements.
Dr. James A. Beverley
Dr. Beverley is the author and editor of twelve books, including Nelson’s Illustrated Guide to Religions, Religions A to Z and Counterfeit Code, a reply to Dan Brown’s famous novel. He is also the Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion. He is a specialist on the study of new religions and did his Ph.D. Thesis on the inner teachings of Sun Myung Moon. In 2000 he had a personal interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Professor Beverley is also an expert on the relationship of Christianity to Islam. He is the author of Christ and Islam, Understanding Islam & Islamic Faith in America. He also wrote the entry on Muhammad in The Quran: An Encyclopedia and the entry on Islam in the six-volume Religions of the World. He has done research on Islam in Africa, India, Europe, North America, and the Middle East. Professor Beverley is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Evangelical Theological Society, Canadian Society for the Study of Religion, Evangelical Philosophical Society, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion. His expert opinion has been sought in both criminal and civil trials, including the case of Holocaust denier Malcolm Ross.
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March 30, 2013 on The Drew Marshall Show
Called “the best preacher in the family” by her father, Billy Graham, Anne Graham Lotz speaks around the globe with the wisdom and authority of years spent studying God’s Word. The New York Times named Anne one of the five most influential evangelists of her generation. She’s been profiled on 60 Minutes, and has appeared on TV programs such as Larry King Live, The Today Show, and Hannity Live. Her “Just Give Me Jesus” revivals have been held in more than 30 cities in 12 different countries, to hundreds of thousands of attendees. Anne is a best-selling and award-winning author and is the founder and president of AnGeL Ministries.
March 23, 2013 on The Drew Marshall Show
Dr. Jamal Badawi is an Egyptian born Muslim Canadian. He is “Professor Emeritus” at St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served as Professor of Religious Studies. He is a well-known author, activist, preacher and speaker on Islam and is the author of many books and articles on Islam. Dr. Badawi also researched and presented a 352 segment television series on Islam. He actively participates in lectures, seminars and interfaith dialogues in North America and has been invited as a guest speaker in various functions throughout the world. Additionally, he is active in several Islamic organizations, including Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), the Islamic Juridical Council of North America, The European Council of Fatwa and Research and the International Union of Islamic Scholars. He is the founder/chairman of the Islamic Information Foundation, which is a non-profit organization seeking to promote a better understanding of Islam and the Muslims. Currently, he is the Vice-Chairman of the Islamic University. Dr. Badawi has also been serving as a volunteer Imam of the local Muslim community in Halifax since 1970.
March 16, 2013 on The Drew Marshall Show
TRIBE MORMON: Dr. Robert L. Millet: Leading Mormon Scholar
An expert on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Dr. Robert L. Millet is Professor of Ancient Scripture and a former Dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University. Dr. Millet is also a frequent contributor on BYU Television and a prominent speaker and author. He has also served in various roles in the LDS (Mormon) Church and is an expert on the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible. He earned a Master’s from BYU in Psychology and a Ph.D. from Florida State University in Biblical Studies and Nineteenth and Twentieth-Century Religious Thought. Dr. Millet has served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a bishop, stake president, temple worker, and member of the Church Materials Evaluation Committee.