LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

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[…]

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[…]