LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

Half of the world’s population is going to be wiped off the planet. Now sit here and ask me, “what do you believe in?”

Half of the world’s population is going to be wiped off the planet. Now sit here and ask me, “what do you believe in?”

[This week’s participant asked not to have their photo taken. Instead, they suggested that the best representation of what they believe is the diagram they had drawn for our interview, which demonstrates the irreversible impact of climate change. In the diagram, TW = ‘trillion watts’; FF = Fossil Fuels; PPM = ‘parts per million’; andRead more about Half of the world’s population is going to be wiped off the planet. Now sit here and ask me, “what do you believe in?”[…]

I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god

I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god

<This week’s participant requested to remain anonymous. When I asked them what picture they would like to accompany their story, the answer was: ‘The Hagia Sophia. It should be a church again’> I believe in a less naïve version of god. It could be a Cartesian view, it could be a Kantian view. A CartesianRead more about I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god[…]

If you don’t be a dick to people, they won’t be a dick to you.

If you don’t be a dick to people, they won’t be a dick to you.

I don’t believe anything really. I think the world probably started with the Big Bang and then whatever the scientific consensus is. In Australia, I was kind of raised Catholic and it just sounded a bit silly. My parents were a bit half-assed Catholic as well [laughing]. And they were doing it just because theirRead more about If you don’t be a dick to people, they won’t be a dick to you.[…]

Life is not black and white, so why would god be black and white?

Life is not black and white, so why would god be black and white?

I grew up Christian so I still believe in Christianity fundamentally, but I do believe that religion is so much bigger than Christianity as well. I don’t think that Christianity’s necessarily the right answer but it’s the closest to what I think. I do believe in a higher power, in a god but I don’tRead more about Life is not black and white, so why would god be black and white?[…]

Islam just means: be a good person, doing good things, help others, that’s all

Islam just means: be a good person, doing good things, help others, that’s all

I am Muslim. I was born in a Muslim family, in a Muslim environment, so automatically, it just came like that. I believe in the Quran, and the Prophet Muhammad. But actually, I don’t really practice what the Quran recommends. There’s not really any reason that I don’t practice. By the way, my wife isRead more about Islam just means: be a good person, doing good things, help others, that’s all[…]

Religion is something that everybody is involved in, whether they like it or not.

Religion is something that everybody is involved in, whether they like it or not.

<The 88-year-old I approached this week preferred not to be submitted to a semi-formal interview. So instead, this is a reflection of what they decided to share of their deepest beliefs and doubts. Also, the interviewee preferred not to be photographed. They instead offered a rosary for a picture, which they carry with them inRead more about Religion is something that everybody is involved in, whether they like it or not.[…]

Jesus literally said it: we have to love other people like we love ourselves.

Jesus literally said it: we have to love other people like we love ourselves.

I believe in having a supportive community that keeps me accountable and keeps me learning. And I believe that we should be listening more than doing as part of that. The more people I get to know, I come to realise how many experiences there are out there that I would likely never go throughRead more about Jesus literally said it: we have to love other people like we love ourselves.[…]