LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

He embodies what I believe: that you have to follow your purpose.

He embodies what I believe: that you have to follow your purpose.

I don’t believe in any specific religion. I don’t even want to call it spirituality – you know, in the commercialised sense with all the kind of hippy paraphernalia? But more in terms of the Buddhist practice of spirituality. Not in terms of dogmatic belief but in terms of scripture. I side more with theRead more about He embodies what I believe: that you have to follow your purpose.[…]

I would really like to reach a state where my trust is not dependent on whether it’s reciprocated

I would really like to reach a state where my trust is not dependent on whether it’s reciprocated

I believe in the humanity of human beings. I was born in a Catholic family, which is actually quite unusual for India, it is a very very small percentage.  When I was in medical school around 19, I had my first confrontation with the church, with the local priest. Something happened, and I was extremelyRead more about I would really like to reach a state where my trust is not dependent on whether it’s reciprocated[…]

Suddenly you realise, “oh yeah – that’s what I believe”

Suddenly you realise, “oh yeah – that’s what I believe”

There’s many types of belief. Religious belief, political belief, how much you trust one friend over another. Many people believe what they grew up to believe – what they were encouraged or told to believe. But I was raised by a single mother who had perhaps the most hands-off approach to raising me that IRead more about Suddenly you realise, “oh yeah – that’s what I believe”[…]

I’m committed to fairness and justice but I still breathe life into capitalism in what I do every day. So I guess that’s kind of hypocritical and contradictory.

I’m committed to fairness and justice but I still breathe life into capitalism in what I do every day. So I guess that’s kind of hypocritical and contradictory.

I don’t want to start off with a negative answer, but I want to say I don’t believe in anything spiritual. And I suppose what I do believe in is concepts like fairness, respect, honesty, that you don’t necessarily need to link to something extra-human. But then what do I mean with believe in thoseRead more about I’m committed to fairness and justice but I still breathe life into capitalism in what I do every day. So I guess that’s kind of hypocritical and contradictory.[…]

I might not encourage the practice of homosexuality, okay, but everybody has a right, we are not to judge and kill people. That power is beyond us.

I might not encourage the practice of homosexuality, okay, but everybody has a right, we are not to judge and kill people. That power is beyond us.

I believe in God. My religion is Protestant. I know that God is there, although I’ve never seen him. I grew up in Uganda, in a family that believes in God. My grandmum was a strong Christian believer, and she always encouraged us to go to church. But not only her, most of the familyRead more about I might not encourage the practice of homosexuality, okay, but everybody has a right, we are not to judge and kill people. That power is beyond us.[…]

You’re just a believer because you’re a hipster; it’s your new gadget

You’re just a believer because you’re a hipster; it’s your new gadget

I believe in something, I’d call it God, that acts as a limitation on human aspiration. And I mean that in a very positive way. Fundamentally I believe that humans are good creatures. They’re perfect as they are. And if they don’t accept that limitation, and try to be bigger than they are, then theyRead more about You’re just a believer because you’re a hipster; it’s your new gadget[…]

I don’t waste time arguing with people about the veracity of Noah’s Ark

I don’t waste time arguing with people about the veracity of Noah’s Ark

[This week’s interviewee didn’t want their picture taken. Instead they asked to post a picture of “my hero, Epictetus” – the Greek slave-cum philosopher] What I believe depends on the time of day really. Everyone has doubts. But I’d say I’m a Muslim. That’s the moral system that’s most compatible with what I consider to beRead more about I don’t waste time arguing with people about the veracity of Noah’s Ark[…]

A glass of wine is fine, but not doing it out of peer pressure – that’s where religion comes in

A glass of wine is fine, but not doing it out of peer pressure – that’s where religion comes in

I believe in a lot of things. I believe there is a God, I believe there is a greater presence. I believe in connections: historical connections with ancestors before me, and connections with the community that is here now. I believe in cultivating those connections. And those connections offer a lot of really important valuesRead more about A glass of wine is fine, but not doing it out of peer pressure – that’s where religion comes in[…]