LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

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?[…]

I believe in a path that’s out of our hands. I think of how I met my wife.

I believe in a path that’s out of our hands. I think of how I met my wife.

I believe there’s some kind of uncaused cause or universal creator, the essence of which is something to do with love. Our feeling of love comes somehow from this universal creator that created life in the universe and everything and us. Our journey in this world is to figure out our place and relationship toRead more about I believe in a path that’s out of our hands. I think of how I met my wife.[…]

I don’t seek out anything more than that people are responding as best they can to how, where, when they live.

I don’t seek out anything more than that people are responding as best they can to how, where, when they live.

I don’t have religious commitments. I believe in hierarchies of privilege, social places. I’m intrigued by circumstances, by people’s responses, what things they believe and need to believe and so on. I think that people’s religious positions, or their admiration for nature or whatever else it might be, depends often on the ability they haveRead more about I don’t seek out anything more than that people are responding as best they can to how, where, when they live.[…]

We don’t function well without some kind of inherent faith in how things are gonna work out.

We don’t function well without some kind of inherent faith in how things are gonna work out.

If I put it simply I believe that we live by faith. Faith that things are gonna keep going okay. And diversity is a big value. The more input you have from different areas, the better things turn out. There’s a bunch of things that culminated in realising how important different inputs are. Studying EconomicsRead more about We don’t function well without some kind of inherent faith in how things are gonna work out.[…]

I am Muslim. But I am also Christian, and I am also Jew, because I believe that religion is one.

I am Muslim. But I am also Christian, and I am also Jew, because I believe that religion is one.

I believe in the unseen. I don’t believe that whatever you see in the world is all there is. That’s the core of what I believe. So the concept of God for me doesn’t have a shape, or a definition, or a set of descriptors that I can just put one after each other andRead more about I am Muslim. But I am also Christian, and I am also Jew, because I believe that religion is one.[…]

I’m still a Christian but…I don’t go to church…Instead I meditate a lot. 

I’m still a Christian but…I don’t go to church…Instead I meditate a lot. 

I’m still a Christian but…I don’t go to church…Instead I meditate a lot. I grew up in a Christian family in Africa. My Mum was Protestant and my Dad was Catholic. I don’t even know how that worked [laughing] but it worked. So I believe in Christianity. But over time you grow up and youRead more about I’m still a Christian but…I don’t go to church…Instead I meditate a lot. […]

If you do bad things, bad things usually happen to you, if you do good things, good things usually come back. That’s the karma thing.

If you do bad things, bad things usually happen to you, if you do good things, good things usually come back. That’s the karma thing.

I’m agnostic, I’ve never believed in God. I don’t believe in a higher being. I don’t know if there is or isn’t, that’s why I’m agnostic. And I believe in karma because, karma is: you get what you give. I was raised Catholic, but my mother was kicked out of the Catholic church because sheRead more about If you do bad things, bad things usually happen to you, if you do good things, good things usually come back. That’s the karma thing.[…]

As long as you don’t hurt people, and I don’t hurt people, that’s good with me.

As long as you don’t hurt people, and I don’t hurt people, that’s good with me.

Names are pseudonyms Angela: We are Catholic, our family is Catholic, so we grew up believing in God, and Jesus, and we follow what the Catholic Church teaches. We have both been studying for Catholic school for 16 years. And then a lot of people are telling us, why don’t you move to Christian religion,Read more about As long as you don’t hurt people, and I don’t hurt people, that’s good with me.[…]