We are more alike, my friend, than we are unalike,” the late Maya Angelou once wrote. And according to Oprah Winfrey, this sentiment is at the heart of Belief, a television series exploring faith and spirituality around the world that will air seven consecutive nights on OWN, from October 18 to 24, at 8 p.m. ET.
Such an endeavor should thrill hand-holding interfaith activists who think all faiths are equally valid paths up a common mountain. But what about those who think their religion is the one and only true path up God’s mountain? Exclusivist believers tend to be allergic to anything with a pluralistic message that seems to erase the lines of difference between their religion and others. They will naturally be skeptical of this series, especially given the squishy spirituality for which Oprah is famous.
But Belief allows the message and core tenets of every religion to shine through in a way that honors them while remaining honest. Even the most exclusivist believers will find something to love in this epic spiritual series. If they tune in, they will not be turned off.