LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

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.[…]

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[…]

Did the Bible happen for real? I don’t super-care about that. It’s more like: is it transformative?

Did the Bible happen for real? I don’t super-care about that. It’s more like: is it transformative?

I’m a follower of Jesus. I believe in the kingdom of God: this place where nothing is missing and no one is missing; this utopian world where everything is right. And I believe that Jesus is the most concrete example of how to get there, or of what it looks like when the kingdom ofRead more about Did the Bible happen for real? I don’t super-care about that. It’s more like: is it transformative?[…]