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Baptist leader joins pope, Dalai Lama in documentary on faith

December 19, 2007

The Associated Press
Charlotte Observer, NC
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- December 17, 2007

Pastor Frank Page says he has learned to be wary of the media during his
tenure as head of the Southern Baptist Convention.

But, he said, he is glad he opened the doors of his church to
documentary filmmakers looking to show the personal faith of some of the
world's spiritual leaders.

"Because of who I am, I talked about Jesus Christ every other word,
every other phrase, because I knew if they cut out Christ, they're going
to have to cut out everything I say," Page said. "If they really want to
know, as evangelical believers, who we are, then we cannot speak of who
we are without speaking about Christ."

Filmmaker Jules Naudet said he wanted to include Page, pastor of First
Baptist Church in Taylors, because the Southern Baptist Convention is
the second-largest religious organization in the U.S., behind the
Catholic Church.

"In God's Name" also will feature Pope Benedict XVI, the Dalai Lama, the
archbishop of Canterbury and leaders of other faiths "to show individual
examples of personal faith through these great spiritual beacons,"
Naudet said.

"It was to show all these great leaders, but to show them in a way that
the audience can relate to them," he said. "Sometimes when you look at
the Dalai Lama or the pope or the president of the Southern Baptism
Convention, these are titles that inspire a lot of awe and a lot of
seriousness and maybe a little bit of distance."

Naudet said Page's church was open and welcoming to his film crew.

"It's always a little bit taxing, I'm sure, on the people when we
arrive. We're a team of eight people. And here he was opening literally
the doors of his house to us," Naudet said.

The program is scheduled to air at 9 p.m. Dec. 23 on CBS.
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