Hearing is Not Knowing

Ordinary Life / Scripture / Spirituality

I suspect that many of us grew up hearing, from an exasperated parent or teacher, “Just how many times do I have to tell…

Why Bother With Culture?

Culture / Spirituality

You’ve heard the criticism. Perhaps you’ve been a critic yourself. The disapproval often goes something like this: “Why do you bother messing around with…

Meet Your Neighborhood Neopagan

Faith / Spirituality

With the Gaia ponderings of Lilith Fair and the post-apocalyptic blow-up of the Burning Man festival in the desert of Nevada, the summer of…

Taking Doubt Seriously

Faith / Spirituality

For a long time now I’ve wondered why so many people rise early each Sunday morning to trek to churches where they will be…

The Process of Conversion

Faith / Spirituality

The First Stage: Energy I always say that I became a Christian on September 13, 1981, at the end of my first week as…

Longing To Know

Faith / Pluralistic World / Spirituality

More people these days talk a lot about stories, when you might be expecting them to talk about truth. At a Borders gathering earlier…

Christianity, Tolerance and Pearl Harbor

Faith / Spirituality

A few years ago Elizabeth Kristol did a brilliant little piece on tolerance in a pluralistic society. It was a disarming critique of the…