LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

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”[…]

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[…]

There’s a sense of gratitude and grace that is heightened by the idea that things are random and could have been a different way

There’s a sense of gratitude and grace that is heightened by the idea that things are random and could have been a different way

I believe that the universe is essentially random. Moments of beauty and pleasure – we’re lucky to be there when they happen. I don’t believe there’s a greater purpose or meaning to life. We’re here to make our way, and to hopefully make things easier for other people, to live well, to think, to feel.Read more about There’s a sense of gratitude and grace that is heightened by the idea that things are random and could have been a different way[…]

After the religion of motherhood, perhaps I’ll follow the Hare Krishna’s

After the religion of motherhood, perhaps I’ll follow the Hare Krishna’s

I used to be very religious. It started when I was 8: when you learn everything about god through school. You kind of become indoctrinated. I was Christened and confirmed, and that probably compounded it. And then when I got to a Church of England school, it was even more pushed in your face. AndRead more about After the religion of motherhood, perhaps I’ll follow the Hare Krishna’s[…]

Since my mother passed away unexpectedly, I believe in spending time with people you love

Since my mother passed away unexpectedly, I believe in spending time with people you love

I never really thought about what I believe. I don’t believe in any religion. But I what I do believe… Maybe I believe in myself? I don’t know. Makes me wonder what is there to believe in. I’m in a period now where I believe that you have to take care of the people aroundRead more about Since my mother passed away unexpectedly, I believe in spending time with people you love[…]

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.[…]