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Looking For Love (in all the wrong places)

One of the surest ways to wreck a relationship is to look at your feelings instead of the actual person.

When I was younger I used to be bothered that so many people seemed to be experiencing joy and power in their faith lives while I wasn’t. 175 more words


Seat Belts

A voice on the radio
is speaking its truth about God,
and because it isn’t a sermon,
we listen in—

always amused by religious absolutes, 184 more words


If Every Religion Disappeared

What would happen if every religion in the world were to magically vanish overnight? Never mind just how that could happen. It’s magic, a spell from some meddlesome wizard that causes every church, mosque, temple, or shrine to vanish, every religious text or work of literature or art to disappear, every bit of knowledge that religion ever existed to be plucked from everyone’s brain. 1,089 more words


Germanic Belief and the Experience of the Divine

One can experience the divine in the small and familiar as much as in the great and majestic. I personally have even experienced it in a random “street fight” (assault, jumped) of all things! 1,648 more words


Domesticating God

Alice laughed. ‘There’s no use trying,’ she said. ‘One can’t believe impossible things.’

I daresay you haven’t had much practice,’ said the Queen. ‘When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day.

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The Hispanic Religious Experience

I could not pass up the opportunity to hear journalist Maria Hinojosa speak at Loyola University Chicago’s Catholic Immigrants Conference. This is the same woman who unknowingly welcomed me to look at the Latino community through a journalistic lens. 60 more words


Arcade Fire: Popular Music and the Desire for the Transcendent

Music, particularly live music, can be an immensely transportive experience, and musical groups, particularly rock groups, can inspire an incredible amount of devotion amongst their admirers. 1,421 more words