Reasonable is the New Radical

Religion is in the air.  Perhaps more so now because it's the Presidential Election season, a time when some people force their personal beliefs on others, and religion and politics combine  to divide us.
 
But most people don't have that kind of relationship with their religion.  I believe most people's faith is based on the idea that there is something larger than ourselves, something that unites us toward a common good.  That belief encourages us to care for children, the poor, the elderly, and the sick, to treat everyone fairly and equally, to treasure and preserve the earth, and to try to make the world a better place.  Those are the values I always believed came from religion, and the values shared among all religions.
 
Pretty basic stuff.
 
I was taught those basic values are in the Bible, and so I was curious to find out how the Bible came to be.  Science provided the road map for the investigation, film making the vehicle, and The Bible's Buried Secrets is the result.  
 
I was aware I was entering sensitive, sacred territory.  And I was amazed and inspired by what I discovered, and believe the film reflects respect and reverence for the Bible and the people who created it.
 
That is why I was particularly surprised at how the film, without even having been seen, is under attack.  The furor can not be because of the content.  It is sparked, I think, by the fact that a science series dares to step into spiritual territory, a realm that some religious groups claim as their own.  Just the idea of our film is touching a nerve at the heart of our society, politics, and ultimately our personal spiritual well-beings--the question of who owns God?  
 
For too long religion and spirituality have been manipulated by those who believe they have a monopoly on morality.  Perhaps it is time for religion to be reclaimed by reasonable people.