LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

He embodies what I believe: that you have to follow your purpose.

He embodies what I believe: that you have to follow your purpose.

I don’t believe in any specific religion. I don’t even want to call it spirituality – you know, in the commercialised sense with all the kind of hippy paraphernalia? But more in terms of the Buddhist practice of spirituality. Not in terms of dogmatic belief but in terms of scripture. I side more with theRead more about He embodies what I believe: that you have to follow your purpose.[…]

I would really like to reach a state where my trust is not dependent on whether it’s reciprocated

I would really like to reach a state where my trust is not dependent on whether it’s reciprocated

I believe in the humanity of human beings. I was born in a Catholic family, which is actually quite unusual for India, it is a very very small percentage.  When I was in medical school around 19, I had my first confrontation with the church, with the local priest. Something happened, and I was extremelyRead more about I would really like to reach a state where my trust is not dependent on whether it’s reciprocated[…]

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”[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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.[…]

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.[…]

We should be strong enough to find inspiration in logical things rather than made-up stories

We should be strong enough to find inspiration in logical things rather than made-up stories

I have no religious beliefs. I don’t believe in higher powers. For me what’s important in life is knowledge; beauty and enjoyment; and doing good. None of the religions that I know of ring true with what I believe in. I believe in evolution, and in scientific knowledge, though it’s an imperfect work-in-progress. When itRead more about We should be strong enough to find inspiration in logical things rather than made-up stories[…]