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Should I Stay or Should I Go?

30 minutes
First broadcast:
Sunday 03 March 2013

Mark Tully compares the experiences and motives of people whose conscience has led them to abandon their religion, with those who come to terms with their differences and attempt to change things from within. And, taking Dietrich Bonhoeffer as an example of someone who disagreed fundamentally with the actions, or inaction, of his church but chose to remain within it , this programme asks how far we would be prepared to take a stance on a matter of conscience, regardless of the personal consequences. Bonhoeffer's open criticism of the regime in Germany in
the 1930s was not echoed by his fellow pastors, and led to his imprisonment and execution by the Nazis before the end of the Second World War.

From the Pilgrim Fathers, who put the Atlantic Ocean between themselves and a State Religion they felt they could not be part of, to people faced with a choice when their church does not embrace their sexuality, or bars them from certain places or positions because of their gender, Mark Tully looks at those who have had to ask: Should I stay or Should I Go.

The readers are Grainne Keenan and John McAndrew.

Produced by Adam Fowler
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Played

6 items
  • Image for Ron Nelson

    Ron Nelson Mayflower Overture.

    Performer: Concordia University Wind Symphony Conducted by Richard R.Fischer.

    If Thou Be Near., Mark Records., 7881-MCD.

  • Image for Philip Moore

    Philip Moore Three Prayers of Dietrich Bonhoeffer. No. 1:Morning Prayers.

    Performer: Vasari Singers conducted by Jeremy Backhouse.

    20th Century Cathedral Music: Choral & Organ Music of Philip Moore., Guild., GMCD 7129.

  • Image for Hugh Masekela , S.Todd.

    Hugh Masekela , S.Todd. Soweto Blues.

    Performer: M iriam Makeba.

    Welela., Philips., 838 208-1.

  • Image for Bruce Springsteen

    Bruce Springsteen How Can I Keep from Singing?

    Composer: Robert Wadsworth Lowry.

    We Shall Overcome The Seeger Sessions American Land Edition., Columbia., 88231.

  • Image for Phillip Green.

    Phillip Green. Introit-Suffer Little Children To Come Unto Me.

    Performer: Bernadette Greevy.

    The Mass Of St. Francis Of Assisi., Connoisseur Records., 5553

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Christ Lag In Todesbanden.

    Performer: English Baroque Soloists, Gillian Keith, James Gilchrist conducted by John Eliot Gardiner.

    Bach: Cantatas:Gardiner. Vol. 22., SDG- Soli Deo Gloria., SDG178.

  • Readings

    Title: This Peculiar Marriage from 'Why Am I Still a Catholic' edited by Peter Stanford.
    Author: Charlie Brown.
    Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
    ISBN-10: 0826485774.

    Title: The Mind of Mahatma Gandhi.
    Author: Mahatma Gandhi.
    Publisher: Jitendra T. Desai.
    ISBN-10: 8172291493.

    Title: Standing Alone: An American Woman's Struggle for the Soul of Islam.
    Author: Asra Nomani.
    Publisher: Harper One.
    ISBN-10: 0060832975.

    Title: God Our Pain – Bearer taken from Celebrating Women.
    Author: Janet Morley.
    Publisher: SPCK Publishing.
    ISBN-10: 0281048363.


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