Let’s face it – most of us live in a Baptist bubble. It gets worse when you work full-time in a local church and spend your only off day holed up at Southern Seminary. So I jumped at the chance to interview the not-so-evangelical religion reporter for the Louisville Courier Journal. Peter Smith is a writer the CJ and also has a blog on their website titled Faith & Works. He knows his subject well. We met on campus late in October to talk about the religious scene in Louisville and record this podcast. Some of his observations might surprise our normal Said at Southern readers. I learned a great deal from the conversation and I trust you will too. Here is a short list of topics:
- How do you define Christianity?
- Describe the religious landscape in Louisville?
- Why are the Evangelical groups getting stronger while Catholics and Mainline Protestants are closing churches?
- What do outsiders think about Southern Seminary?
No, this is not becoming an ecumenical podcast. But why not challenge ourselves to talk with smart people both inside and outside our camp? I’d love to get your feedback on the podcast. Feel free to write out your reactions on your own blog and leave a link in our comment section.
Here’s Peter’s description from his CJ blog:
Peter Smith has covered religion for The Courier-Journal since 2000. He’ll be blogging about religion and spirituality and how they intersect with our ethics, our work, our schools, our government and other areas of our lives.
He has more than 20 years of experience as a journalist and also worked on the “God beat” as a correspondent for Religion News Service in North America and Europe, where he wrote about papal trips and the revival of religion in the former communist bloc.