Posts in category "interfaith"

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 ChicagoNow.com has done a great job of talking about the film... 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 »
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Santorum is Killing Religion in America

image via ChicagoTribune.com 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 (http://las.depaul.edu/cie/) 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 »

Tim Tebow and the Terrifying Tightrope of Public Piety

Tim Tebow and the Terrifying Tightrope of Public Piety
I couldn’t run this blog and have issues with public displays of faith. If I did, I would fall too easily into that Dead Zone of hypocrisy that has so soured religion for me in the first place. So let me be very clear – there is a distinct difference between public piety and public... Read more »
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3 Films that show how Hollywood defines the values of a secular Christmas:

This season I decided to re-watch Christmas films with a new eye. I wanted to ask myself while I was watching these films if anything about the story would be altered if suddenly we, as a Nation, decided to make Christmas a fully secular holiday. In my last post, I looked at what I would... Read more »

The Films of Christmas argue for a Secular Kristmas, Part One:

Last week I made a post that argued for a second Christmas to be created because I hate what Christmas in this country has come to represent. Beyond the blatant consumerism, there are so many people today so intent on arguing to “Keep the Christ” in Christmas that they have begun to behave in decidedly non-Christ-like ways.... Read more »

I hate Christmas so much I think we should have two: The Christian case for a Secular Kristmas

Words are really arbitrary these days, and riddled with levels of abstraction. The classic examples showing “Joy” as soap and “Pride” as furniture polish have been updated and we now use “Friend” as a verb, we deserve to “indulge” ourselves, and “miracle” products can be “Googled” at will. These days, amidst the clutter and noise of the Season, it is not unusual... Read more »
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So you don't believe in God - who cares?

So I believe in God. Yes. And yes, I even made that G a capital G. But before you go writing me off for having antiquated beliefs – or before you go trying to get all chummy because you think I share your beliefs, let’s take a second and slow down a bit. Anecdotal digression:... Read more »
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