LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

We humans need to belong to or connect to somewhere or someone.

We humans need to belong to or connect to somewhere or someone.

This week’s participant asked to remain anonymous. Instead of taking their picture, we asked them to provide a photo they had taken that best represented their beliefs. They further requested to submit their own reflections, since they wanted to participate, but did not feel comfortable being  interviewed. They gave me their reflections in a hand-writtenRead more about We humans need to belong to or connect to somewhere or someone.[…]

Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, everything is probable.

Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, everything is probable.

“What do I believe?” is too wide a question. “What do I not believe?” – that would be a narrower question. I do not believe that anything is impossible. That’s a double negative. And I would probably continue to compile a list of double negatives. If you’re working with probabilities, and you use probabilities to arriveRead more about Anything is possible, nothing is impossible, everything is probable.[…]

Somebody who believes in a god believes in love and respect for one another. That makes them better people.

Somebody who believes in a god believes in love and respect for one another. That makes them better people.

I believe in Darwinism. I think that came with age. I grew up in a Catholic family but right now I am a little skeptical about it. I was pretty into believing in god as a kid. I was an altar boy until I was eight years old. In our village every boy wants toRead more about Somebody who believes in a god believes in love and respect for one another. That makes them better people.[…]

The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.

The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.

I believe there is a universal, supreme force. In terms of Christianity, it’s what you might call more than the seventh heaven. In Hinduism we have this concept. Krishna says: “I am the Lord, I am him but beyond Him”. That “but beyond” is what I believe in: something beyond the world, universe, galaxies, allRead more about The only time I ever do something that really challenges my beliefs is when I challenge my own secularity.[…]

I’m not willing to battle over whether there’s a god or not. But I’m willing to fight for who’s here right now

I’m not willing to battle over whether there’s a god or not. But I’m willing to fight for who’s here right now

I am an agnostic at this point. I do think that there are forces that we don’t know and can’t comprehend, but I don’t believe in any one ideology. I was raised pretty Christian. My mom was Christian, my grandparents are WWII Austrian Catholic. My dad…we don’t even know what he is. He never saysRead more about I’m not willing to battle over whether there’s a god or not. But I’m willing to fight for who’s here right now[…]

I’m happy to believe there’s a god, and yet, I’m also happy to believe that there’s death.

I’m happy to believe there’s a god, and yet, I’m also happy to believe that there’s death.

I was raised to believe in God, God Almighty. And I don’t say that I am an atheist, I can’t say it. I’ve always believed that there was someone up there who loves me. I’ll tell you this though. I do not believe in religion. I think that religion is the cause of far farRead more about I’m happy to believe there’s a god, and yet, I’m also happy to believe that there’s death.[…]