Posts tagged "interfaith"

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 »

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 blatantĀ consumerism, there are so many people today so intent onĀ arguing to “Keep the Christ” in Christmas that they have begun to behave in decidedly non-Christ-like ways.... Read more »

Deep Calls to Deep. Authenticity, God, and the end of Summer.

Approaching the end of the summer, I’m looking back at what kinds of things I can say with some certainty I have accomplished. I tend to do this at the end of a season. I’m not sure if it is something everyone does or just me, nor am I sure exactly how I came to... Read more »

Don't Just Pray or Just Don't Pray?

Since starting this blog, I’ve pondered covering a number of topics that I feel have placed a strangle-hold on the healthy development of many modern religions ideologically. I agonize over each of these topics for fear of unintentionally misguiding someone into thinking I don’t feel that faith has a place in modern life. Quite the... Read more »

Instead of giving something up for Lent, try starting something new.

If the purpose of the season is penance, I don’t see why it can’t just as beneficial to start something new rather than giving something up. Yes, it is true, I’m not a purist when it comes to ritual. I’m also not a fan of penance per se (a bit too transcendentalist for my taste... Read more »

My life walking away from religion - it may not be what you expect.

My life walking away from religion - it may not be what you expect.
My life away from religion – it may not be what you expect. It certainly isn’t what I expected. Sometimes it isn’t what I secretly desire. Let me unpack that last one…   If you are like me you will remember when you were a teen and first felt that pull toward what I refer... Read more »