“The Way that can be spoken is not the Way.” ~ Tao te Ching
“Never trust a millionaire who quotes the Sermon on the Mount. I used to think I was not like them, But I am beginning to have my doubts” ~ Arcade Fire
As you may have figured out its getting harder and harder for me to post on here. This isn’t the “life is busy” excuse. I have often felt hypocritical on here and I think my decade long “dark night of… Continue Reading
“We were worried about your personal salvation… was it heaven or hell that you saw when your eyes closed? You smiled at us floating high above the question like you knew something we didn’t know.”* Our spiritual interventions ended up… Continue Reading
I’ve had this song on loop for a few days now. Classic Bazan, really. I can’t help but think that it’s about the pain of looking back and realizing how damaging it was when you asked those close to you… Continue Reading
“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what we share with someone else when we’re uncool.” ~ Lester Bangs (Almost Famous)
Pascal is famous for a quote about there being a God-shaped hole in the heart of each us. But I’ve been thinking about what we do to God to make him fit inside that hole. Do we cut off the… Continue Reading
In a nod to the “religious uses of modern atheism” school the team at iKon have a novel twist on this season of Lent. Instead of giving up something like chocolate or alcohol – the idea is to experience a spiritual desert… Continue Reading
Mitchell on why watching Andy Murray may or may not give you an insight into the pursuit of pleasure as a basic philosophy of life.
“Trust those who seek the truth, but doubt those who claim to have found it.”~ Dexter Of course whether you should take advice from television’s most popular fictional serial killer is still a matter of interpretation.
Soul Asylum’s Runaway Train was a hit over twenty years ago. I never thought getting old would happen so quickly… Every now and again that kind of thing hits you. Like how Marty McFly would be pushing fifty about now.
“I don’t know… only away from here, away from here. Always away from here. Only by doing so can I reach my destination.” “So you know your destination?” “Yes. I have already said so. Away-from-here. That is my destination.”
“No religion is gonna cure you of your pain How much have you changed? No, you’re still the same…” ~ Joseph Arthur For every one teenager raised up on unscientific tales of creation who loses his faith when he… Continue Reading
Christmas is a lot more fun with kids. Fatherhood doesn’t really begin in the delivery room. What happens in there is more like getting hit between the eyes with a steel hammer with lots of blood and water thrown in… Continue Reading
To believe is human, to doubt divine. ~ Peter Rollins
Christmas In The Room by Sufjan Stevens
If we found out that our neighbour visited someone who was ill, or fed someone who was hungry, simply because they were going to receive a monetary reward for it, we would never look kindly on that act. We would… Continue Reading
From the Twittersphere: “One day we’ll see legal discrimination by *place* of birth as evil as discrim. by other features of birth –gender, orientation, color.” — Charles Kenny (@charlesjkenny) June 25, 2011
Dostoyevsky: If God does not exist, then everything is permitted. Zizek: If God does exist, then everything is permitted.
Changing status to: Hopeful skeptic (Thanks Nick Fielder).
When I hear people in the church talking about how they really aren’t anti-gay people, it’s just that they want what is best for them, or that they aren’t promoting discrimination towards gays, only they want to keep the institute… Continue Reading
This American Life had a great show this week on relationships ruined by political views. While listening to stories of estranged families and ruined friendships because one person voted Romney or Obama I couldn’t help thinking how similar this sort… Continue Reading
Stay safe friends and family. We’re thinking of you…
Country, I was a soldier for you did what you asked me to it was wrong and you knew Country, now I’m just a stranger to you A number a name it’s true Throw me away when you’re through The… Continue Reading
I have seen the future. It involves eating at less expensive Italian restuarants. It possibly also involves bits of food being thrown around in public.
Saw this while checking out a Brian McLaren book online: “For God so loved the church that he gave to himself his only Son, as a penal substitutionary sacrifice, so that those elect few who believe in this atoning doctrine… Continue Reading
“Lead me well, don’t clear my way It’s fascinating how the pallor can stay upon your face When you are light like a little boy Flying kites and shouting to the world You’re shouting to the world your joy Don’t fade, you’re staying here with… Continue Reading
Welcome to planet earth, little Zoe. You’re surrounded by our love.
I often hear people talking about having an unshakeable faith as though it were a good thing. Maybe it is the gap now between where I am in my own life and the place where formal churches seem to be… Continue Reading
A tribute to Elliott from Ben Folds, speaking for a few of us: The songs you wrote got me through a lot just want to tell you that but it’s too late.