LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

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[…]

Our ability as humans to know things is extremely limited, our propensity for hubris is large

Our ability as humans to know things is extremely limited, our propensity for hubris is large

I’m from Northern, Northern New York. In the mountains, by a forest, by a lake. Wearing flannel, chopping wood, listening to grunge music in the 90s. I’m a stereotype. I still now try to make sure I’m as close to nature as I can be within a city. The most important belief that I holdRead more about Our ability as humans to know things is extremely limited, our propensity for hubris is large[…]

God doesn’t think. He vibrates. We’re trying to enter into the vibration zone

God doesn’t think. He vibrates. We’re trying to enter into the vibration zone

As the sun sets on my way home from work, I decide to stop my bike in the promenade across the lake from the Binnenhof, the Dutch parliament. Every evening at sunset, hundreds of parakeets descend on the island in the middle of the lake, filling the sky with their screeching song. Sat alone onRead more about God doesn’t think. He vibrates. We’re trying to enter into the vibration zone[…]

Riding a car toy up and down with a child; that’s some serious connecting shit!

Riding a car toy up and down with a child; that’s some serious connecting shit!

I believe in personal strength. That it comes from inside out. That we were each born with a unique soul. All the answers lie within. And if we stay quiet enough, and listen to ourselves, and if everybody would that, I think we would have a great world. It’s personal experiences that got me toRead more about Riding a car toy up and down with a child; that’s some serious connecting shit![…]