Fork In The Road [Heart And Soul]

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01Fork In The Road - God In The War On Terror2019032220190324 (WS)

How is it that two people can share the same experiences and events and it have such different effects on their faith?

Jane Little meets two men who both answered the call after 9/11 to join the War on Terror, but who came out of it with very different ideas about their relationship with God.

Rory Fanning and Jesse Bowman both served in the US Army and witnessed the worst that war could throw up. One of them lost his previously unshakeable Catholicism, the other found comfort from the psychological trauma in God.

They both share candidly with Jane their experiences and how these shaped their futures.

Image: Young US Army soldiers attend a Sunday morning Catholic service on base at Fort Levinworth in Kansas in February 2003 (Credit: Charles Ommanney/Getty Images)

How the horrors of war changed two men's attitudes to their faith

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

In this series of three programmes Jane Little meets two people who have been through the same events or similar experiences to talk about how it has affected their lives and their faith.

Starting off by speaking to them separately, she will hear their individual stories, and then bring them together so they can share with Jane and each other how those events, which were so similar, led to one of them losing their faith and the other having their faith strengthened.

Jane will explore the role of war, sexuality, abuse within faith community’s, terrorist attacks and gang violence, meeting two fascinating people who have something major in common only for it to lead them down such different paths.

Jane Little finds out how similar experiences can affect two people's faith differently.

02Fork In The Road - My Faith And My Sexuality2019032920190331 (WS)

Can you remain committed to your religion even it it does not accept your sexuality? Jane Little meets two well-known writers who have publicly wrestled with their faiths and been forced to make choices on whether to stay or go.

Andrew Sullivan is a political commentator whose writings helped drive the successful campaign for gay marriage in the United States. But the battles along the way, especially during the era of the AIDS epidemic, caused him to question his Catholic faith and he admits he faced some dark moments and prolonged anger at the church.

Irshad Manji is a Canadian Muslim writer who has been an outspoken critic of Islam, not least over attitudes to homosexuality and women's rights; she has received death threats for her work. She tells Jane about her lifelong habit of rebellion; she was kicked out of Islamic school as a child for asking questions, but has eventually found peace - with her version of Islam and in marriage to a woman.

Producer: Jane Little

Two writers and their struggle to reconcile their faith and their sexuality

Personal approaches to spirituality from around the world.

In this series of three programmes Jane Little meets two people who have been through the same events or similar experiences to talk about how it has affected their lives and their faith.

Starting off by speaking to them separately, she will hear their individual stories, and then bring them together so they can share with Jane and each other how those events, which were so similar, led to one of them losing their faith and the other having their faith strengthened.

Jane will explore the role of war, sexuality, abuse within faith community’s, terrorist attacks and gang violence, meeting two fascinating people who have something major in common only for it to lead them down such different paths.

Jane Little finds out how similar experiences can affect two people's faith differently.