Read Beliefnet's complete interview and listen to Jennings' thoughts on:
How he practices his faith
How his own faith has been renewed
How religion is viewed in the newsroom
How he deals with doubt
If he prays
The perils of a 'historical' Jesus
How someone of faith should process his show
Beliefnet: What can you tell me about how you practice your own faith?
Jennings: That's a difficult question because...I don't want to be identified as someone who, at any given moment in their life, gets down on his knees and seeks whatever. But I certainly grew up in the Christian tradition in which I was taught, fairly young, that there was a set of rules, a set of recommendations, a set of standards by which a Christian could and should try to live.
[While working as a journalist overseas] I came to have an appreciation that in all parts of the world, people like me of other faiths struggle to be conscious of that which they have been taught. In time, I became much more conscious of a religion as a political or more widely embracing notion.
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Beliefnet: A couple of years ago, in a speech you said that there was a "new spark to my own faith." What did you mean by that?
Jennings: I think a wider awareness led me to seek. I don't like the word--it's become a popular word, "Are you a believer or are you a seeker?" But I do think that I have gone through a subsequent period of seeking to understand what or how strong or what are the connections I have to God. So
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Beliefnet: I know very much what you mean. It is not dissimilar to my own situation --but it's not always easy to articulate this.
Jennings: And I haven't been asked this before, and you can see I'm having difficulty.