All Things Considered

All Things Considered


Religious affairs programme, tackling the thornier issues of the day in a thought-provoking manner


Annual Book Review  

The annual book review features All Things Made New by Diarmaid MacCulloch, The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain and Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life by Henri Nouwen.

Annual Film Review  

Roy Jenkins and guests review some of the films released on DVD in 2016, including Spotlight, The Man Who Knew Infinity and Eye in the Sky.

Religious Persecution  

Roy Jenkins and guests explore the rise of religious persecution around the world, asking why it is increasing and what the outcome will be.

Just being Mark - in life and death  

Prison chaplain Mark John talks to Roy Jenkins about his recent diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, reflecting on its impact on him, his family and his faith.

The President, the electorate and religion.  

On Wednesday, we should know who will become the most powerful person in the world. The US Presidential election has been called 'the biggest unpopularity contest in America's recent history', with torrents of allegations about both candidates, and revelations ranging from the breathtaking to the simply squalid. Yet it could make history by choosing the first woman president. Or a maverick outsider. Roy Jenkins asks how significant religious groups have been in this campaign. Is their involvement likely to swing the result - and even if it does will it leave them damaged? And how much do we know of what Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump actually believe?

Scary Clowns  

Halloween has grown hugely as a festival in recent years, Costumes and effects have become ever more gory and vivid, but the recent phenomenon of scary clowns has gone a step further this year. Roy Jenkins asks what the attraction is of frightening each other at this time of year, whether this is just a safe way of confronting the horrors of the world, and how this links with the Christian festivals of All Souls and All Saints. With Roy this week are Christian clown Neil Jenkins, aka Jester Jim; Emma Lile, former curator at St Fagans National History Museum of Wales and editor of newly republished volume 'The Customs and Traditions of Wales'; founder of toyshop chain The Entertainer, Gary Grant; and Canon Edwin Counsell, director of education for the Church in Wales in Llandaff diocese.

Death and Dying  

Roy Jenkins and guests explore some of the issues surrounding death and dying. It's reckoned that up to two thirds of babies being born today could live until they are 100, thanks to advances in technology. The revolution raises many questions about quality of life and human dignity. With increasing power to prolong lives, when should support be withdrawn and can it ever be right to help someone take their own life?


Award-winning religious affairs programme.

Faith in the News  

Sarah Rowland Jones asks how important understanding religion is for those reporting the news, ahead of a workshop on religious literacy for journalists in Cardiff.

Gladstone's Library  

Mary Stallard visits the Gladstone Library in Flintshire to speak to warden Peter Francis and find out what role this Victorian religious institution has in contemporary life.

Nadia Bolz-Weber  

Roy Jenkins meets unconventional US pastor Nadia Bolz-Weber, who talks about her sometimes controversial life and faith.

Dr Elaine Storkey  

Roy Jenkins meets theologian, writer, broadcaster and feminist campaigner Dr Elaine Storkey, who lead aid and development agency Tearfund for 16 years.

Faith and Disability  

The Paralympics challenge perceptions of people with disabilities. But have attitudes really changed and can religious faith shape our understanding of disability?

Chris Cartwright  

Chris Cartwright of the Elim Pentecostal Church shares his story.

Ffald-y-Brenin: House of Prayer  

Roy Jenkins visits Ffald-y-Brenin in Pembrokeshire, which some regard as one of the most significant centres of Christian renewal in modern Wales.

Christopher Jamison - Media Monk  

Roy Jenkins meets Christopher Jamison, possibly the best-known monk in Britain, whose media work aims to translate the monastic disciplines into contemporary secular life.

Rabbi Julia Neuberger  

Another chance to hear Roy Jenkins's interview with author, social reformer and peer Rabbi Julia Neuberger, one of the most distinguished figures in British religious life.

Professor Alister McGrath  

Professor Alister McGrath, a former atheist who is now a leading Christian writer, reflects on the relationship between science and religion and his personal journey of faith.

Faith in Brazil  

Sarah Rowland Jones explores the shifting religious landscape in Brazil, asking why Roman Catholicism is losing ground to other churches and to those of no religion at all.

Robots at War  

Roy explores the ethical questions raised by events highlighting the increasing use of robots as weapons.

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