State of Belief

About State of Belief

Every week, Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush hosts lively, funny and poignant conversations with inspiring religious and civic leaders, as well as artists and activists from across the country. Listeners get a potent mix of spiritual wisdom, political strategy, and hopeful commentary from national and local leaders who are rising up to meet this urgent moment in America. With the tagline, “Where Religion and Democracy Meet,” State of Belief is a celebration of our nation’s diversities and an invitation to join together to, in the words of the great James Baldwin, “achieve our country.”

Meet the Host

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush

Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush is President and CEO of Interfaith Alliance. An ordained Baptist minister, Paul has been a leader in the interfaith movement to protect freedom and preserve democracy. As the great-grandson of the first Jewish Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis and great-grandson of Baptist theologian Walter Rauschenbusch, a key figure in the Social Gospel movement, Paul’s commitment to interfaith advocacy comes in part from his own interfaith background. Prior to coming to Interfaith Alliance, Paul has served as senior vice president of the Auburn Seminary, the founding and executive editor of HuffPost Religion, associate dean of religious life and the chapel at Princeton University, and a founding editor of Most recently, he was the senior advisor for public affairs and innovation at Interfaith America.

Before hosting State of Belief, Paul was the host of Huffington Post’s podcast “All Together” where he interviewed guests as diverse as President Jimmy Carter, Patti Smith, RuPaul, Bishop T.D. Jakes, and Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Paul speaks about religious diversity and the importance of inclusive religious liberty at colleges, churches and institutes around the country including The Chautauqua Institute, the Center for American Progress, the New America Foundation and the Aspen Institute. He is regularly invited to offer commentary on issues of religion and society on national television and radio including a repeated guest on CNN, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, and BBC.

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Speaker Mike Johnson and the Christian Lawmakers
By Ray Kirstein — December 9, 2023
State of Belief host Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush talks with Holly Hollman of BJC and Darcy Hirsh from Interfaith Alliance about House Speaker Mike Johnson's cozy ties to an organization of Christian nationalist legislators
Interfaith Alliance of Southwest Florida; Election ’24 with Greg Lebel
By Ray Kirstein — December 2, 2023
State of Belief host Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush talks with Interfaith Alliance of Southwest Florida's Sharon Harris Ewing, Lisa Freund, and Tony Fisher; also, political management expert Greg Lebel on the 2024 vote
Thanksgiving with Father James Martin
By Ray Kirstein — November 25, 2023
State of Belief host Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush talks with Father James Martin, editor-at-large at America Magazine, about the Catholic Synod and his new book, "Come Forth: The Promise of Jesus's Greatest Miracle"
Creating Change Through Film
By Ray Kirstein — November 18, 2023
Rev. Paul Brandeis Raushenbush talks with Not In Our Town filmmakers Patrice O'Neill and Pardeep Kaleka, and with social impact media strategist Mario Cader-Frech