Hugh Hewitt, host of the four-part series Searching for God in
America , admits he came close to getting the theological bends
while preparing for the eight interviews in the new PBS series
that premiers tonight.
"We were moving pretty quickly between traditions," he said.
Working with a research staff, Hewitt and producer Martin Burns
compiled a list of 50 well-known personalities in American
religion. The list was whittled down to eight.
The people chosen for the 30-minute interviews are not
necessarily household names. Charles Colson, speaking for
evangelical Christianity, and the Dalai Lama, who addressed
Buddhism, are the best known.
"We had the general goal of making sure that we had the full
range of the diversity of American belief. …