Category: religion

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Your Bootleg Copy of the First 6 Minutes of The Dark Knight Rises is Holy; Copying Digital Data Now a Religious Act in Sweden

img by slashgear Copying Digital Data is a Holy Act – so says the Swedish Government according to a press release issued by an organization calling itself “The Church of Kopimism.” Though this organization has no current “chapters” in the United States, how long will it be before similar folks are putting our own copyright... Read more »

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 »