The essays in this category were recorded and broadcast between 1951 and 1954.

April 23, 2010

A Twinge of Conscience

Oscar-winning actor Peter Ustinov didn’t have much use for organized religion; he found it oppressive and depressing. Preferring individual freedom of expression, Ustinov says he arrived at his faith after reasoned thought rather than divine inspiration.
April 16, 2010

Freedom Is a Social Necessity

ACLU attorney Arthur Garfield Hays was part of some of the biggest court cases of the early 20th century from the Scottsboro Nine to the Sacco and Vanzetti trial. But when it came to naming his belief, Hays found it in the basic concept of freedom.
April 9, 2010

The Power of Self-Preservation

Nazi occupation forced Czech-born film impresario Hugo Haas to flee his homeland. After living in America for 13 years, Haas explored his beliefs, which ranged from his desire to embrace life to his gratitude to God for the gifts of nature, art and friendship.
April 2, 2010

Everything Potent Is Dangerous

It is terribly difficult to say honestly, without posing or faking, what one truly and fundamentally believes. Reticence or an itch to make public confession may distort or dramatize what is really there to be said, and public expressions of...
March 26, 2010

Cooperation Works Better than Conflict

Harvard physician and researcher Alexander Forbes sees the march of evolution through time, and he acknowledges the work of a higher power in the process. Forbes believes it’s a force that can inspire humans toward greater cooperation and mutual respect.
March 19, 2010

How to Refill an Empty Life

Despite being a successful executive, Albert Nesbitt realized one day his life was empty. After some soul searching, he decided to return to the Christian principles on which he was raised. Nesbitt believes having religion is best when one actively practices it.
March 5, 2010

I Quit Carrying a Gun

Former Bakersfield, Calif., police chief Robert Powers struggled to make sense of what he saw in his years in law enforcement. He found comfort in the words of religious and mystic texts from around the world, and in his belief that God loves mankind.
February 26, 2010

A Rationalist Within Reason

Although born in France, author Albert Guerard loved his adopted American home, and the principles on which it is based. Guerard called himself a “do-gooder with a critical spirit,” and he believed that love and charity would raise mankind out of the “primeval slime.”
February 19, 2010

The Job of Citizenship

New York City councilwoman Genevieve B. Earle believes in the benefits of a strong government to promote laws and provide for its citizens. But she says that can only happen when the people are engaged as active, equal partners in the work of a city.