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'A Course In Miracles' And Marianne Williamson

Aug 5, 2019

Marianne Williamson was Googled more than any other candidate after last week's Democratic debate. Voters liked her call for "some deep truth-telling" and a "politics that speaks to the heart." But to understand Williamson's words, we need to first understand A Course in Miracles, the almost 1,300 page spiritual text she has built a career on interpreting. 

Williamson has become a self-appointed guru of a text that claims no hierarchy, organizational structure, or leader. Its authority comes directly from Jesus, channeled through a clinical psychologist who heard the words in her dreams. Course hit a cultural nerve in the counterculture of the 1960's, especially among intellectuals and celebrities looking to find more love and empathy in their lives.

Williamson promotes love and kindness in a world that feels increasingly hostile. Can she ride it to the presidency? 


  • Sam Kestenbaum - Independent journalist who writes about religion for The New York Times and a contributing editor for The Forward.  
  • Jon Mundy - Author of several self-help books based on A Course in Miracles, former university lecturer, and the publisher of Miracles magazine; he’s the Executive Director of All Faith Seminary International in New York City 
  • Russell Graves - One time student of A Course in Miracles

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.