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A Spectrum of Faith in Iowa

A Spectrum of Faith book cover

How many churches are there in Des Moines? How many mosques, temples, or places of worship are there? More than you might think. During this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with Tim Knepper, editor of the new book A Spectrum of Faith that was put together by more than one-hundred students at Drake University and highlights the religious diversity of Iowa.

One of the students, John Noble, says that the project helped him reflect on his own faith and his perception of others. Noble says that sometimes he has the tendency to think that underneath everything, we are all the same.

"I think this project really flipped that on its head, and it said, 'No, we are not all the same.' There's deep religious diversity here in Des Moines and in our community, and that's where the power is, and that's where the beauty is, and that's where strong relationships are built." 

The book features beautiful photography of different places of worship. During this hour, the project's photographer Bob Blanchard also joins the conversation.

Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Lindsey Moon is IPR's Senior Digital Producer