LIVED RELIGION PROJECT

THE STORIES OF ORDINARY 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[…]

You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.

You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.

As children growing up in Delhi, our encounters with religion were very fluid. We went to the Hindu temple if there was prasad [religious food offering], to the Gurudwara when they offered free lunch; we played at the Hindu cremation grounds and the Muslim burial grounds…We didn’t care who was Hindu or Muslim. But afterRead more about You cannot attain spirituality through institutionalisation. You have to look for spirituality somewhere else. Maybe in human connections, or nature.[…]

Because I’m brown, and my first name is Mohammed, I’m still a victim of Islamophobia, even though I’m not Muslim

Because I’m brown, and my first name is Mohammed, I’m still a victim of Islamophobia, even though I’m not Muslim

I am a little anti-religion. But I think I am a very spiritual person. I believe in a greater sense of purpose and connectedness in the universe. And that doesn’t necessarily come from a higher being, but just…nature, and feeling connected with the earth. I trailrun a lot, out in the North Shore mountains. I’veRead more about Because I’m brown, and my first name is Mohammed, I’m still a victim of Islamophobia, even though I’m not Muslim[…]

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 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.[…]