These last few weeks, I’ve gotten a lot of questions about my newest tattoo — a portrait of Abraham Lincoln on my right shoulder. “Why Abraham Lincoln? Is it because there are rumors he was gay?” Well, no, but I do appreciate the opportunity to make a Gaybraham Lincoln pun, thank you. “Why Abraham Lincoln? [...]
How are believers living in a postmodern world to make sense of premodern Scriptures? Are the caustic culture wars the inevitable outcome of belief systems, or is there a way that people with different beliefs can co-exist? Author Frank Schaeffer explores these difficult questions in his new book, “Sex, Mom, and God.”
My friend Jen is a rabbinical student. Her rabbinical school advises students not to shout their future vocation from the rooftops in delicate settings, such as airplanes, thanks to the unfortunate reality of human lameness. The rabbinical school would rather their students, if asked about their occupation, tell people they are in the education business. [...]
\”Book of John\” by Jenn Lindsay (YouTube link) Your book of John, it feels so wrong Each verse I read is damning me I try to find my way inside But it’s not my answer and anyone who says it is baffles me. The book we read is awkward indeed It holds you up; it [...]
Stop labelling me! I am far too suspicious and skeptical to be an ‘ATHEIST’. I am not Australian but I have two passports, New Zealand and United Kingdom. I’ve never believed in gods or religions but that doesn’t make me an atheist of any sort at all. I have always been fascinated, and sometimes moved, [...]
I am sitting in Oregon, adoring the all-too-brief bouts of sunshine interrupting the more extended periods of drizzle. The sky is clouded, as it apparently often is in this part of the world, and for the first time in a while I feel like the least hipster person in the room. I am here because [...]
This whole “who am I/where do I belong” exercise has been fine for the last decade. I can wax theoretical with my peers, and at the end of the day, I know that it is only my own unresolved struggles that sleep in my head. But, my wife is due to give birth at some point this month, and suddenly theories about where I am spiritually no longer cut it.
This post originally appeared on the Washington Post On Faith and the Huffington Post Religion. The attacks on the United States of America orchestrated by Osama bin Laden occurred during my first week of high school — what was supposed to be the start of my transition into adulthood. Due to construction on my school, the academic [...]
Outside the White House, citizens gathered to wave American Flags and chant “USA! USA!” At Ground Zero and Times Square people came out in droves. Right now as I type people are pressing onto the T in Boston, heading to the Common. Heading to celebrate the death of another human being.
This leads me to question, as a Humanist: Do some people deserve to die? Is it ever right to celebrate the death of another human person?
“I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion — and where it isn’t, that’s where my work lies.” — Ram Dass Ten years ago, in the summer before my freshman year of high school, I went with my church to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to do home [...]