LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY PEOPLE

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[…]

A glass of wine is fine, but not doing it out of peer pressure – that’s where religion comes in

A glass of wine is fine, but not doing it out of peer pressure – that’s where religion comes in

I believe in a lot of things. I believe there is a God, I believe there is a greater presence. I believe in connections: historical connections with ancestors before me, and connections with the community that is here now. I believe in cultivating those connections. And those connections offer a lot of really important valuesRead more about A glass of wine is fine, but not doing it out of peer pressure – that’s where religion comes in[…]

The birds also have stories, they tell: ‘see, we are borderless, we are spreading love”

The birds also have stories, they tell: ‘see, we are borderless, we are spreading love”

I practice Islam, but what I believe, perhaps you could call it humanism, even beyond humanity. I feel that everyone is here to spread love, peace and all those things. It’s not only human beings; every creature is here for the ultimate purpose to spread peace, love, happiness. This is what I believe. It isRead more about The birds also have stories, they tell: ‘see, we are borderless, we are spreading love”[…]

I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god

I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god

<This week’s participant requested to remain anonymous. When I asked them what picture they would like to accompany their story, the answer was: ‘The Hagia Sophia. It should be a church again’> I believe in a less naïve version of god. It could be a Cartesian view, it could be a Kantian view. A CartesianRead more about I’m statistically a Muslim, but I believe in a less naïve version of god[…]

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[…]

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.[…]