My "non-religious" kids wanted to know why we celebrate a "Christian" Christmas. Here's what I said:

My non-religious kids wanted to know why we celebrate Christmas. Here’s what I said: Why do I celebrate Christmas? The problem of understanding Christmas, for me, is a problem of temporality; we are stuck in a time-line and therefore think of things in a linear way. We think of calendars, of spring coming before fall,... Read more »

Science is NOT the Opposite of Religion or My Love/Hate affair with Neil Degrasse Tyson

I'll admit it, I have a problem with the title I chose. In my last post I took the hyperbole farther than most readers could tolerate. My goal with this blog has never been to be divisive. So this time I wanted to dial down the controversy a bit and yet still spark a kind... Read more »

Chick-fil-A: Christian values or no, Dan Cathy needs to go as CEO.

There has been a lot of hullabaloo in the press and on social media recently about Chick-fil-A. It seems CEO Dan Cathy is personally against the rights of homosexual Americans to be able to marry. Since this issue is so polarizing in America right now, certainly folks lined up on both sides of the issue... Read more »

Scripture or story; which is more important for the future?

Religions: Gay Marriage is your "Judgement of Solomon" Moment.

Religions: Gay Marriage is your "Judgement of Solomon" Moment.

Two reasons every Chicagoan needs to see the new film #BlueLikeJazz in theaters this Friday.

There are at least two good reasons every person in Chicago needs to go and see the film Blue Like Jazz this weekend. Really there are more, but I wanted to keep this post from going on forever. Also, one of my colleagues at has done a great job of talking about the film... Read more »

Counting the cost in freedom of will; the 3 sacred paths to marketing success.

Ordinarily, I try to use this blog to encourage dialogue about issues of faith in society today. One of the issues I think plays into how we perceive matters of faith has to do with the way marketing and commercialism has inundated our culture at large and therefore had an impact on the way we... Read more »

Evangelism is Violence: Why we need to change the way we talk to each other about beliefs.

Religions should not treat evangelism as persuasion because persuasion is violence. When you use rhetorical techniques to forcibly change a person’s point of view, you are forcing your will to usurp their own and this process often involves trickery. Think of how accustomed we’ve become to that trickery as acceptable. Watch a commercial or political... Read more »

Santorum is Killing Religion in America

image via I simply cannot remain silent anymore. As someone who still considers himself to be a (strange variety of a) Christian, I cannot sit by idly on the fence and let these squeaky wheels steer the public’s perception of individuals of faith so squarely up their own asses. Never before in my life... Read more »

What, if anything, should religion be focused on passing along to future generations?

This evening I had the chance to join DePaul University’s Center for Religious Engagement ( at a wonderful event aimed toward determining exactly what religion attempts to pass on to future generations with representatives from Catholicism, Buddhism, and Islam moderated by a DePaul professor. It was great food for thought so I decided to use... Read more »